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Thirty state attorneys general express concerns about DEA enforcement
On Jan 19, a letter to DEA Administrator Karen Tandy, signed by the attorneys general of 30 states, reads: “Having consulted with your Agency about our respective views, we were surprised to learn that DEA has apparently shifted its policy regarding the balancing of legitimate prescription of pain medication with enforcement to prevent diversion, without consulting those of us with similar responsibilities in the states.”
The attorneys general expressed surprise that the 2004 “Frequently Asked Questions” had been withdrawn.
The AGs request to meet with the DEA during the National Association of Attorneys General annual meeting March 14-16, “to find ways to prevent abuse and diversion without infringing on the legitimate practice of medicine or exerting a chilling effect on the willingness of physicians to treat patients who are in pain.”