Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

Kuster-Backed Opioid Bills Pass the House

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020, H.R. 2281, the Easy MAT for Opioid Addiction Act, and H.R. 3878, the Block, Report, and Suspend Shipments Act of 2020. These Kuster-backed proposals are part of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force’s 2020 Legislative Agenda, which was unveiled in February. The bills autho... Read more »

CLARK, KUSTER, ROGERS, TRONE DEMAND REMOVAL OF SWEETHEART PROVISION FROM DOJ SETTLEMENT WITH PURDUE PHARMA & SACKLER FAMILY

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46 House members warn that plan to convert Purdue Pharma into a “public benefit company” would improperly entangle state and local officials with future sales of OxyContin and deprive victims of justice Sackler family’s criminal acts contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans November 10, 2020, Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Vice Chair of the House Democrat... Read more »

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Announce $250K for Youth Substance Use Prevention Efforts in Keene & Upper Valley Region

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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $250,000 in Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to two local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide the Keene YMCA Co... Read more »

Bipartisan Opioid Task Force Co-Chairs Kuster, Fitzpatrick Statement on Purdue Pharma Settlement

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Today, Bipartisan Opioid Task Force co-chairs Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) released the following statement on the Justice Department’s (DOJ) announcement that Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the powerful and highly addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges including conspiracy to defraud the United St... Read more »

Clark, Kuster, Rose, Trone, Ryan Demand Answers from Department of Justice, Accountability for Purdue Pharma

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**House members react to reports of settlement with Purdue that excludes prison sentencing, eludes justice for victims of the opioid epidemic** **Sackler family’s criminal acts contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans** Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, joined by Congressmembers Ann Kuster (NH-02), Max Rose (NY-11),... Read more »

Kuster, Fitzpatrick Lead Bipartisan Opioid Task Force Roundtable Discussion on Using Technology to Prevent Addiction and Promote Patient Safety

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Today, Bipartisan Opioid Task Force co-chairs Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) led a roundtable conversation with members of the Task Force and experts on drug abuse prevention to discuss efforts to use technology to prevent addiction and promote patient safety. The Task Force was joined by Jeffrey R. Wahl, Co-Founder & President of MIDAS Healthcare Solutions; Stephen C... Read more »

Kuster-Backed Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Pandemic Scams Pass Energy and Commerce Committee

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**Watch Rep. Kuster speak on the Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act HERE, and on the Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020 HERE** Hopkinton, NH – Yesterday, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) participated in an eight-hour virtual Energy and Commerce Committee markup of 38 bills, where she spoke in support of the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act and the Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020.... Read more »

Kuster Announces Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Raise Awareness for National Recovery Month Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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CONCORD, NH -- Today, U.S. Rep Annie Kuster (NH-02) and a group of bipartisan, bicameral legislators came together to announce an historic effort to highlight National Recovery Month in Congress throughout the month of September, including a Congressional Day of Action on September 16th. The group of legislators includes: Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, led by Kuster (D-NH) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-... Read more »

Reps. Kuster and Pappas Applaud SAMHSA Award of $28 Million to Support NH Substance Use Disorder Treatment

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Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, and Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Award of $28 Million in State Opioid Response (SOR) grants to help provide substance use disorder treatment throughout New Hampshire. Friday’s grant announcement from SAMHSA was joined by an an... Read more »

House Passes Defense Authorization Including Kuster Amendment to Reopen Hanover, NH Child Care Facility Scheduled to Close

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains multiple provisions that Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) helped advance, including reopening the child care facility at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, investigating the causes of high unemployment rates for post-9/11 women veterans, and improvi... Read more »