DOJ unveils proposal giving feds more power to limit opioid production

DOJ unveils proposal giving feds more power to limit opioid production

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/396566-new-regulation-gives-doj-more-power-to-limit-production-of-opioids

The Department of Justice (DOJ) finalized a proposal Wednesday giving the agency more power to control how many opioids are produced annually in the U.S.

Under the proposal, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could issue stricter limits on certain opioids if federal authorities believe they are being misused.

The DEA currently sets annual quotas for how many opioids can be manufactured after accounting for a number of factors, including demand. The proposed regulation would allow the agency to also consider the extent that a drug is abused.

“Today’s new rule, by taking diversion of these opioids into account, will allow the DEA to be more responsive to the facts on the ground,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “More importantly, it will help us stop and even prevent diversion from taking place.”

The DOJ argued that the changes will “encourage vigilance on the part of opioid manufacturers,” help the agency respond to the changing drug environment and protect U.S. citizens from addictive drugs.

Experts say the overproduction of opioids has contributed significantly to the ongoing epidemic.

More than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The DEA is still using the erroneous CDC’s opiate OD  deaths to justify their actions. More FACTOIDS and FAKE NEWS ?

2 Responses

  1. Apropos…”The DOJ argued that the changes will “encourage vigilance on the part of opioid manufacturers,” help the agency respond to the changing drug environment and protect U.S. citizens from addictive drugs.”

    Who is protecting us from AG Sessions and the DOJ?

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