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Kuster introduces Turn the Tide Act in House

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Washington, DC, September 24, 2019

A new bill in the U.S. House could provide $63 billion for substance abuse treatment.

Rep. Annie Kuster, D-New Hampshire, introduced the Turn the Tide Act on Tuesday.

The bill would provide flexible funding over 10 years to support long-term efforts in the fight against the opioid crisis nationwide.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, has already introduced the bill in the Senate.

“The opioid and substance use epidemic have had a devastating impact on families and communities throughout New Hampshire,” Kuster said. “We’ve made progress in directing more resources to our state to support treatment and recovery services, bolster prevention efforts, and strengthen law enforcement, but more work remains. We can’t take our eye off the ball and this legislation represents a commitment to seeing this crisis through to the end. I’ve heard from law enforcement and treatment providers about the evolving nature of this crisis and the rise of synthetic opioids and methamphetamines. The Turn the Tide Act will ensure flexibility as we combat all substance use disorder.”

“Combating the substance use epidemic demands a response from Congress that begins to match the severity of this crisis and adapts to trends that first responders are seeing in their communities,” Shaheen said. “The sad truth is that most individuals who need treatment in New Hampshire and across the country still can’t get access, which is why my legislation, the Turn the Tide Act, provides a substantial investment in recovery efforts. As methamphetamines and cocaine use become more prevalent, treatment providers must be allowed to use federal funds to treat Granite Staters who are suffering, which is why this bill also provides needed flexibility for federal funding. I’m glad the Turn the Tide Act is now a bicameral effort and I’ll continue to push leaders on both sides of the aisle to help move this legislation through Congress.”