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West Virginia AG Morrisey suspends challenge of ‘broken’ DEA drug quota system


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is asking a federal appeals court to put on hold his request to review the Drug Enforcement Administration’s production quota for prescription opioids.

At a news conference Thursday, Morrisey disclosed he had filed a “petition for review” on Dec. 8, challenging the DEA’s most recent quota on the number of prescription painkillers that can be manufactured in the U.S.

Morrisey said Thursday that the DEA’s manufacturing limits rely on deceptive information from the drug industry, leading to “unconstrained and unvalidated” increases in prescription pills that have fueled the opioid epidemic.

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