Combating the Substance Misuse Crisis
“The fentanyl, heroin, and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing New Hampshire, and states across our country. I am committed to working with anyone who is serious about ensuring that those on the front lines have the resources and support that they need to stem – and ultimately reverse – the deadly tide of this epidemic.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan is working across party lines to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts to help save lives and combat the devastating opioid epidemic. As part of these efforts, Senator Hassan helped to secure more than $50 million in additional federal funding for New Hampshire to support those on the front lines of this epidemic – including by working with the Trump Administration to ensure that hardest-hit states like New Hampshire are prioritized.
Additionally, Senator Hassan worked to secure critical priorities for New Hampshire in comprehensive, bipartisan opioid legislation that the President signed into law in 2018. The bipartisan legislation included measures introduced by Senator Hassan to expand opioid recovery centers, crack down on bad actors in the pharmaceutical industry, train more doctors to prescribe medication-assisted treatment, and more.
To support law enforcement on the front lines of this epidemic, Senator Hassan joined colleagues in introducing the bipartisan STOP Act – which was included in the comprehensive bill that the President signed – to help curb the shipment of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs sent through the U.S. Postal Service to drug traffickers in the United States. Senator Hassan also cosponsored the bipartisan INTERDICT Act, which the President signed into law, to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the tools that it needs to detect and intercept fentanyl and other illegal synthetic opioids at the border.
Additionally, Senator Hassan will continue to speak out against efforts to undermine Americans’ health care, such as proposals to repeal Medicaid expansion, which experts have called the number one tool to help combat the opioid crisis. The Senator also remains focused on working across the aisle to strengthen the substance misuse workforce, eliminate barriers to medication-assisted treatment, increase funding for and improve the standards of recovery housing, and support children and grandchildren impacted by this crisis.
This epidemic is affecting Granite Staters and Americans from all walks of life, and Senator Hassan will keep working to ensure that the federal government is providing the additional funding and resources needed to support those on the front lines.
June 10, 2021
Key Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Child Abuse that Includes Hassan-Led Priorities
WASHINGTON - The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on which Senator Maggie Hassan serves, voted on a bipartisan basis today to reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The package includes bipartisan priorities that Senator Hassan worked to secure to better support grandfamilies and expand efforts to teach child abuse prevention in schools.Read More
June 08, 2021
Senator Hassan Presses Biden Nominee to Maintain Robust Funding to Address New Hampshire’s Substance Use Disorder Crisis
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed the Biden administration’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, on the importance of maintaining robust funding for New Hampshire to address the devastating substance use disorder crisis during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee hearing.Read More
June 03, 2021
Senator Hassan Introduces Legislation to Crack Down on Big Pharma Monopoly and Lower Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined her colleagues in reintroducing comprehensive legislation to tackle the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.Read More
May 24, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Life Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment (LifeBOAT) Act, which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance use disorder treatment.Read More
May 18, 2021
NH Delegation Announces Nearly $10.7 Million through American Rescue Plan to Combat the Substance Use Disorder Epidemic & Support Mental Health Services in NH
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award New Hampshire $10,671,860 in federal grants allocated through the American Rescue Plan to support efforts to combat the substance use disorder epidemic and increase access to mental health services in the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, HHS will award $5,640,385 in supplemental funding for New Hampshire from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and $5,031,475 in supplemental funding from the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant.Read More
May 13, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the health care subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, discussed ways to address substance use disorder and improve mental health services at a hearing yesterday.Read More
May 04, 2021
Hassan and Collins, both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, reintroduced the bipartisan Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act to better support kinship caregivers.Read More