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Drug Enforcement Administration records indicate that 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills flooded U.S. pharmacies from 2006 to 2012. (Photo: Shutterstock) Drug Enforcement Administration records indicate that 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pills flooded U.S. pharmacies from 2006 to 2012. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A bipartisan coalition of 38 states sent a letter to Congress yesterday urging them to remove federal barriers that are currently preventing health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder, which affects more than two million Americans, according to the CDC. More than 47,500 Americans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2018.

Among the coalition is New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has led the fight against the opioid crisis. In March 2019, Attorney General James filed the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. Her office has also taken down drug trafficking networks, and has arrested and convicted doctors and other medical professionals who have abused their roles and profited from opioid addiction.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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