Kuster introduces bill that would require labels on narcotics

  • U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat, introduced a new bill Tuesday that would require companies to put labels on opioids to warn users about addictive nature of narcotics. JAMES M. PATTERSON / Valley News

By Monitor staff
Published: 6/28/2016 11:02:07 PM

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster announced a new bill Tuesday morning that would put labels on opioids to warn users about the addictive nature of narcotics.

“As Granite Staters with substance use disorder come forward to seek treatment, we must offer full support throughout the recovery process – and we must work to prevent inadvertent exposure to substances that could prove to be fatal for an individual in recovery,” Kuster said in a statement.

Kuster named the proposed law after Holderness native Carl Messinger, who was in recovery when he inadvertently was prescribed a cough medicine that contained opiates. Messinger later relapsed and died of an overdose.

“His relapse and overdose could have been prevented had he only known what was in that medicine bottle, and my heart breaks for his mother and all the families across the Granite State who have dealt with similar situations,” Kuster said.

Kuster announced the bill at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery’s new location in Concord.

Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Medical Society James Potter said giving patients and health providers all the information about addictive medications is an important step to reducing the number of drug deaths in New Hampshire.

“Carl’s Law is an important step forward in that effort, and will help improve patients’ and their families’ understanding of prescription medicine and its potential side effects,” Potter said.




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