March 2, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. — HDA President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo regarding opioid production quotas.
“We welcome Attorney General Sessions’ call to evaluate potential changes to the annual production quotas for opioids. This critical step reflects the growing recognition of the federal government’s role in addressing this public health crisis. During the height of the opioid epidemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continually approved significant year-over-year increases in opioid production. In fact, between 1993 and 2015, the DEA approved a 39-fold increase of oxycodone, a 12-fold increase of hydrocodone and a 25-fold increase of fentanyl. While the agency’s recent focus on reducing the production of opioids is commendable, it raises the question as to why similar steps were not undertaken earlier. If we are going to effectively turn the tide with this public health emergency, then it requires real action to address the factors that contributed to the epidemic in the first place."
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