Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic
The opioid and heroin epidemic is tearing communities apart in the Granite State and all across the country. This is a public health crisis, and we need to be doing everything we can to strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery services and strategies. That’s why I co-founded the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force with my former colleague, Representative Frank Guinta (NH-01) in 2015. I have been proud to serve as co-chair of this task force since its inception, most recently with Representative Tom MacArthur (NJ-03).
The Task Force, which has more than 80 congressional members, aims to develop best practices and foster interagency collaboration to address the epidemic. In 2016, the Task Force successfully pushed for the passage of eighteen bills in one week which became part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S.524). The Task Force has also held numerous hearings and briefings, both in Washington and in communities impacted by addiction, to educate lawmakers about effective means to curb the crisis.
In addition to founding the task force, I fought to include funding to address the opioid crisis in the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), and I introduced Carl’s Law (H.R. 5601), which would require any medication that contains an opiate to include a warning on its label identifying the presence of opioids and the possibility of drug-seeking behavior.
I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to bring an end to this deadly epidemic.
More on Combating the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, today is calling for bipartisan cooperation to advance funding to support efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. A Senate budget deal, expected to pass the Senate today, includes $6 billion in funding for the opioid crisis over two years. Kuster has led efforts by more than 100 members of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force in calling for funding to address the opioid epidemic.
**Legislation would provide $25 billion in opioid funding**
**You can watch Kuster’s full remarks on the House floor HERE**
**174 people die of drug overdoses each day**
**Full discussion can be watched HERE**
[February 5, 2018 – Washington, DC – From left to right: Amanda Jordan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, Joanne Lawler]
(Washington, DC) – Today, the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force is calling on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) to support funding for the opioid epidemic public health emergency.
(Lebanon, NH) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, joined Dr. Julie Frew the Director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Addiction Treatment Program, as well as patients and care providers, to discuss the “Moms in Recovery” program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which supports mothers struggling with substance use disorder. The “Moms in Recovery” program provides screening, brief interventions, extended outpatient treatment and group intensive outpatient treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders.