Are your pain pills safe?

Ohio attorney general calls for tamper-resistant versions of generic prescription pain relievers
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 18, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is once again urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products.

DeWine has joined 41 other state and territorial attorneys general in sending a second letter to the FDA requesting the requirement. DeWine was one of 48 attorneys general who signed a similar letter sent to the FDA in March.

“Adding new physical and chemical features to prescription opioids can deter abuse and reduce misuse and accidental death,” DeWine said. “By making the generic versions of prescription pain pills harder to abuse, we can prevent addiction and save lives.”

In their letter, the attorneys general thanked the FDA for their recent efforts to require abuse-deterrent formulations for branded opioid drugs. However, they also urged the FDA to go even further by ensuring that generic opioids, like their branded counterparts, have abuse-deterrent properties.

According to the FDA, “Abuse-deterrent formulations target the known or expected routes of abuse, such as crushing in order to snort or dissolving in order to inject, for the specific opioid drug substance in that formulation.”

“Accordingly, the undersigned State Attorneys General respectfully request that the FDA provide clear and fair regulatory standards for the incorporation of abuse-deterrent technologies into generic opioids,” reads the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) letter.

Attorneys general across the country remain in the national forefront in 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.

In addition to Attorney General DeWine,  attorneys general from the following states/territories signed the NAAG letter: 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, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Upon taking office in 2011, Attorney General DeWine made the fight against prescription drug abuse a priority. In that time, those with the Attorney General's Office have been involved in the permanent license revocation of more than two dozen doctors and pharmacists who improperly prescribed prescription medication and the conviction of 15 doctors, pharmacists, traffickers and associates.

Attorney General DeWine also partnered with the Ohio Department of Health and the Drug Free Action Alliance to provide free prescription drug collection bins to law enforcement agencies across the state as part of their newly established Ohio Prescription Drug Drop Box Program.

A list of prescription drug drop box locations is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Comments

mikeylikesit

tamper resistant pills cant be crushed into powder. this really bums out the snorters. when they snort this stuff, they wind up swallowing almost all of it. the effect would be the same if you just swallow the powder, instead of insufflation. crushing a pill makes it work faster by exposing the most possible surface area of the pill, kinda like goodys headache powder. its just crushed aspirin with a dash of caffeine. these tamper proof pills cant be snorted but they can still be cut up to expose more surface area and are still abused.

Kingsin

The only way to turn around this epidemic is to regulate the drug industry which is pulling in billions of dollars to flood America with 100's of varieties of pain meds. Always follow the money trail.

Dr. Information

What you fail to realize is years ago the government was telling hospitals and Drs to prescribe more pain pills. Now they are blowing a different tune. Don't follow the money, follow the government. Everything they touch turns to crap.

hit the road jack

This is a oxy-moron,their is no such thing as a safe pain pill.

exoticnoise420

Anybody that takes anything for pain should be locked away in prison for life!! Pills are bad! But hell, who's ready to drink some beer, wine, or fine scotch with me? Huron county is full of narrow minded idiots. .... p.s. most of that was sarcasm for the narrow minded people that won't get it.