Sens. Call For Tighter Reins On Prescription Painkillers

Law360, New York (June 8, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT) -- The leaders of a Senate caucus on international drug trafficking on Thursday recommended restricting access to prescription painkillers and cracking down on online pharmacies, as part of a report on how to reduce U.S. demand for illegal drugs.

The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, led by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, usually focuses on illegal narcotics trafficking in Mexico, Central America and Afghanistan. But its new report noted that overdose deaths from prescription painkillers now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined,...
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