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Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed on Tuesday a change in national drug policy by limiting the amount of opioids that certain companies can produce each year to combat this Epidemic
Under the suggestion of Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Administration, which sets opioid production limits, could reduce a company's opioid production if officials believe the drugs are abused for abuse, Sessions said. Sessions announced that the DEA has reached an agreement with 48 Advocates General to share information from a database that monitors the flow of painkillers from the manufacturer to the distribution point to aid investigations. States will provide DEA with information from their prescription monitoring programs that record the prescriptions doctors write for patients.
The DEA database, known as the system for automating reports and consolidated orders, is confidential. But some information that has been published and analyzed is staggering: in two cases, millions of pills have been sent to pharmacies in tiny towns in West Virginia. At the congress, a board of the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating West Virginia Pill Dumping was keen to get the database.
The data are also being sought as part of a mammoth case in Cleveland, where hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against drug makers, traders and others in the pipeline have been consolidated in federal court. The judge in the case, Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio, decided last week that DEA must report business data and suspicious transaction reports that companies have filed activities in six states from 2006 to 2014 that the data could provide a roadmap for the opioid crisis , which may show a correlation between opioid shipping and deaths in communities
"Today we are facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history," Sessions told law enforcement officials Raleigh, NC "About 64,000 Americans lost their lives in 2016 because of drug overdoses highest number of deaths and the fastest increase in this death rate in American history. "
Talk of Sessions followed another announcement Tuesday that saw dozens of people for distributing heroin and fentanyl [1 9459018] – including Opioide – were charged with the abolition of a drug distribution network operating in West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan.
Nearly 100 people were arrested in the operation, which dismantled the multi-tiered Peterson Drug Trafficking Organization. The authorities seized enough Fentanyl in the ongoing takedown to kill more than 250,000 people, he said. On April 3, the authorities confiscated approximately 760 grams of heroin suspected, 167 grams of suspected cocaine, and 450 grams of suspected fentanyls.
Mike Stuart, the US Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, said his condition had been particularly affected by the opioid epidemic, exacerbated by drug traffickers bringing drugs from Detroit to the state.
"The highest per capita overdose rate and highest per capita death rate in the country for opiates is right here in the South District of West Virginia," said Stuart. "To some extent, Huntington has become the zero point Epicenter of the opioid crisis.
"In West Virginia, there is hardly a family that is unaffected," Stuart added. Last year, Huntington's murder rate rose 76 percent from 2016, Stuart said. The intensified attack rate increased by 28 percent and the number of rapes by 24 percent.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said that Sessions' proposed changes to quotas for drug manufacturing are the result of a lawsuit against the DEA's quota guidelines. He said that the "perverse system" led to an oversupply of pills in the market by relying on the number of pills manufacturers wanted to sell each year, rather than the "legitimate medical needs of patients".
"DEA's proposed reform proves that the impact of our lawsuit in Washington is still alive and producing real results that can end the oversupply of deadly and addictive painkillers that have killed far too much," said Morrisey.
John Parker, Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance The group representing drug dealers praised Sessions and the DEA for "taking a promising step forward to provide states with the critical information they need to effectively address the prescription drug abuse crisis to fight."
In a statement by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, it reviewed the new rule. AmerisourceBergen said it agreed with sessions "that more transparency supports a safer supply chain by providing a foundation for more informed decisions."
Justice officials said the proposed rule and the multistate operation are the latest example of department's tough stance
The Department of Justice has also filed a statement of interest in hundreds of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, including those from cities, counties and medical Facilities were filed to reimburse the costs of the drug crisis.