Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force Statement on Mental Health Action Day 2021

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**The Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force held a roundtable last month on substance use prevention during COVID-19, the first event of the 117th Congress** Washington, D.C. — Today, on Mental Health Action Day 2021, the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), David Trone (D-MD), and Jaime Herrera Beutler...

Kuster Hosts Roundtable with NH Leaders on Support for Substance Use and Mental Health Services Included in American Rescue Plan

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**The Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan includes critical support for New Hampshire** **Watch the full conversation HERE** Concord, N.H. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a virtual roundtable with New Hampshire substance use and mental health leaders to provide an update on how the American Rescue Plan will support their critical services in New Hampshire. Today, New Hampshire’s congressi...

Kuster Questions HHS Secretary Becerra in Energy & Commerce Hearing

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**The full Subcommittee hearing is available HERE** **Kuster’s full line of questioning is available HERE** Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra during a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing entitled, "The Fiscal Year 2022 HHS Budget." During the hearing, Kuster questioned Secretary Becerra about t...

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 ...

Rep. Annie Kuster Says 'War on Drugs' Hasn't Translated to Success in Combating Opioid Crisis

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BY LAUREN GIELLA ON 4/29/21 Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States was fighting another public health crisis. Opioid addiction has been ravaging the country for years. Combating the opioid crisis has been a bipartisan effort for years. In this episode of ASP Explores, Representatives Democrat Annie Kuster New Hampshire and Republican Bob Latta of Ohio discuss the causes of this epidemic a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...