TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Attorney General and NAAG Substance Abuse Committee Co-Chair Pam Bondi joined 41 other state and territorial attorneys general in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop abuse-deterrent versions of their products. Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels in many states, including Florida, and requiring abuse-deterrent pain killing prescription drugs (opioids) is a commonsense improvement that provides yet another important tool in the fight against this epidemic. In the letter sent to the FDA today, the attorneys general thanked the FDA for their recent efforts to require abuse-deterrent formulations for branded opioid drugs. A copy can be found here: http://myfloridalegal.com/
“By requiring drug manufacturers to develop abuse-deterrent versions of their generic pain relievers, we can better protect Floridians from the dangers of prescription drug abuse and save lives,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Attorneys general remain in the national forefront combating prescription abuse by sponsoring prescription drug-take back efforts, spearheading legislative and law enforcement initiatives in their respective jurisdictions, and mandating state level prescription drug monitoring programs.
The 42 attorneys general who signed the NAAG letter are from: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Florida Attorney General and NAAG Substance Abuse Committee Co-Chair Pam Bondi, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Kentucky Attorney General and NAAG Substance Abuse Committee Co-Chair Jack Conway, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster led the sign-on letter effort.