November 14, 2017 / 9:04 PM / a year ago

State attorneys general seek law's repeal to bolster opioid enforcement

(Reuters) -

A group of attorneys general representing the majority of states is urging the U.S. Congress to repeal a 2016 law that limited the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to freeze suspicious shipments of pain pills from drug companies.

A letter dated Monday and signed by attorneys general of 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands argued the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act was a “step backward” in efforts to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs and address the national opioid epidemic.

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