Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force Holds First Roundtable, Focuses on Access to Substance Use Prevention and Treatment During COVID-19

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**The full Task Force Roundtable is available HERE** Washington, D.C. — Today, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), David Trone (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, hosted the first Task Force roundtable entitled, “Dual Crisis: COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorder.” The Members heard from substance use experts ... Read more »

Kuster Votes for Bipartisan Extension of the Emergency Designation of Fentanyl-Laced Narcotics

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**Kuster is founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force** Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, voted in favor of the bipartisan Extending Temporary 5 Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act. This legislation will extend the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) temporar... Read more »

Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force Statement on CDC Report on Dramatic Increase in Overdose Deaths Across U.S. During COVID-19 Pandemic

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**New data shows a nearly 29% increase in overdose deaths from October 2019 through September 2020** Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), David Trone (D-MD), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), founders and co-chairs of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, released the following statement on new CDC data showing a steep increase i... Read more »

Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Considers Kuster Legislation to Prevent Overdose Deaths

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**The full subcommittee hearing is available HERE** **Kuster’s full remarks are available HERE** Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, participated in an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing entitled, “An Epidemic within a Pandemic: Understanding Substance Use and Misuse in America." The subcom... Read more »

Kuster, Barragán, Porter, Trone Lead Letter to HHS Urging Extension and Expansion of Public Health Emergency from Opioid Crisis

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**Kuster and Trone are founders and co-chairs of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Addiction Task Force** Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Katie Porter (CA-45), and David Trone (MD-06), sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, ahead of the expiring opioid public health emergency (PHE) on Wed... Read more »

Kuster, Blunt Rochester Introduce Legislation to Bolster National Response to Addiction and Opioid Crisis

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**Kuster is the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force** Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, introduced comprehensive legislation to respond to the proliferation of synthetic opioids and provide a long-term solution to the constantly evolving addicti... Read more »

Trone, Kuster Introduce Legislation to Support National Recovery Month Efforts

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Annie Kuster (D-NH) joined Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and fellow Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force Co-Chairs, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), to introduce the Honoring National Recovery Month Act to provide consistent funding for National Recovery Month programming. The Senate companion bill will be introduced ... Read more »

Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force Statement on Biden Administration ONDCP Priorities

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), David Trone (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), released the below statement following the release of the priorities for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). "As Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Forc... Read more »

Kuster, Trone, Fitzpatrick, and Herrera Beutler Announce Creation of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), David Trone (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) announced the creation of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, an effort to promote policies to combat the addiction and mental health crises in America. The new group merges the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, which was co-chaired by Reps. ... Read more »

Kuster Questions Health Care Experts on Expanding Access to Telehealth, Including Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Care

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**The full Subcommittee hearing is available HERE** **Rep. Kuster’s full line of questioning is available HERE** **Rep. Kuster served as Subcommittee Chair for portions of the hearing** Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and House Rural Broadband Task Force, participated in a Subcommittee hearing entitled, "The Future ... Read more »