04.03.14

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Governor Shumlin’s Initiative On Opioid Prescription Medicine

“I applaud Governor Shumlin for taking steps to ensure that powerful prescription opioids, which clearly have a high potential for abuse, are tightly controlled in Vermont.  Smart regulation, combined with vigilant prescribing practices, will help keep Vermonters from sliding into addiction and will save lives.  I am also urging the FDA to quickly review safer, abuse-deterrent formulations of single-ingredient hydrocodone products.  As we learned at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Rutland last month, our communities cannot wait for a single solution to this problem.  Together, we must fight against the scourge of abuse at every level.”

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