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Morrisey calls for deeper cuts in pill manufacturing

September 22, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading an 11-state coalition in calling upon the federal government to implement sweeping reforms to account for the misuse of prescription painkillers, which could lead to the manufacturing of fewer opioid pills in 2019.

Morrisey believes the proposed quotas remain excessive in light of the Drug Enforcement Administration having not yet accounted for illicit diversion and relevant input from states and federal agencies, according to a news release from his office.

The coalition argues further reduction in the supply of opioids is possible as a result of reforms that will require the DEA to consider relevant information from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and relevant information obtained from states.

West Virginia filed this week’s comments with attorneys general from Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Utah.

Read the coalition’s filing at http://bit.ly/2NQYFwD.

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