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Attorneys general asking DEA to tighten drug manufacture

Author: Associated Press - September 21, 2018 - Updated: September 21, 2018

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Lift the LabelA wall of 4,200 prescription bottles demonstrates the number of deaths in the United States due to opioids. (Photo by Marianne Goodland/Colorado Politics)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Attorneys general from 11 states, including Colorado’s Cynthia Coffman, are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office says the DEA’s preliminary quotas for 2019 don’t reflect the federal agency’s position that demand shouldn’t be equated with legitimate need. He said he believes the proposed quotas are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction.

The letter was signed by Coffman, Morrisey, and attorneys general from Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Utah. It was dated Wednesday.

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