Jus­tify ‘opi­oids’ need:

Amer­ica

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The US Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion has ap­proved a rule change re­quir­ing drug­mak­ers to iden­tify a le­git­i­mate need for opi­oids to jus­tify their pro­duc­tion in an at­tempt to rein in their di­ver­sion for il­licit pur­poses.

The DEA an­nounced Wednes­day that the fi­nal rule sent for pub­li­ca­tion in the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter will con­sider the ex­tent to which a legally pre­scribed drug is di­verted for abuse when the agency sets its an­nual opi­oid pro­duc­tion lim­its.

The rule re­quires DEA to share no­tices of pro­posed ag­gre­gate pro­duc­tion quo­tas and fi­nal ag­gre­gate pro­duc­tion quota or­ders with state at­tor­neys gen­eral.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions says the new rule “will al­low the DEA to be more re­spon­sive to the facts on the ground.”

West Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pa­trick Mor­risey sought to limit how many opi­oid pills can be man­u­fac­tured each year. (AP)

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