Kuster Introduces Opioids Warning Label Bill

Jun 29, 2016

Congresswoman Annie Kuster at an NHPR forum in 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster has introduced a bill that would put labels on opioids to warn users about the addictive nature of narcotics.

The Concord Monitor reports 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.

Kuster announced the bill yesterday 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.