Heroin Task Force addresses epidemic

Mother who lost son to opioids talks to Congress

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Salem mother who lost her son to an opioid overdose took her message to Congress this week, addressing the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, founded by Rep. Annie Kuster.

Amanda Jordan lost her son, Christopher Honor, in 2015. Since then, she’s founded the Christopher M. Honor Foundation to help people struggling with substance use disorders access treatment and recovery services.

Jordan and her mother, Joanne Lawler, met with Kuster and spoke to members of the task force on Monday.

“The meeting provided a platform between legislators and those of us in the field to share ideas about what we can be doing to end the opioid epidemic currently gripping this nation, especially New Hampshire,” Jordon said. “We learned about some exciting new changes that are the first steps toward ending this health crisis.”

The Task Force is a driver of Congressional action to take on the opioid epidemic. The Task Force successfully pushed for the inclusion of $1 billion in funding as part of the 21st Century Cures Act to address the opioid epidemic and helped pass 14 bills which were signed into law as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and

Recovery Act.

“It’s hard to imagine the pain of losing a loved one to substance use disorder,” Kuster said. “Amanda and Joanne are showing incredible courage and strength by sharing their personal experiences and the tragic loss of Amanda’s son Christopher. Raising awareness about the impact of substance use disorder is critical for ending the stigma that often deters people from seeking help. We need to treat substance use disorder like the disease that it is and that means expanding access to treatment and recovery services. I appreciate Amanda and Joanne’s willingness to join the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force today and will continue to work across the aisle to tackle the opioid epidemic.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.