He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the commonwealth.Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education.
Attorneys general from 35 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are urging health insurers to review their policies for pain management treatment to spark higher use of alternatives to opioid prescriptions.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery today announced a Tennessee-led bipartisan coalition of the nation's state attorney generals who are now demanding documents and other information from opioid manufacturers and distributors as part of multi-state investigations into the national painkiller epidemic.
A state drug task force recently reported the number of opioid deaths in Wisconsin has gone from about 50 in 1999 to close to 400 in 2015.
Nationwide and in Texas, prescription and illegal opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths.
A news release from the Alabama AG's office says the group of attorneys general has served investigative subpoenas for documents and information to Endo, Janssen, Teva/Cephalon, Allergan, and their related entities.
"Opioid addiction is a public health menace to SC".
The companies that together manage approximately 90% of the nation's opioid distribution got hit with document requests and demands for information on distribution practices.
Many doctors, in turn, said they were assured by the drug makers that the opioids were less addictive, or not addictive.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, co-leader with Morrisey on the initiative, said attorneys general want to join others to find a solution to the opioid epidemic. More than 900 people have already died through the first half of this year from fatal overdoses.
Purdue Pharma said, "We share the attorneys' general concern about the opioid crisis and we are cooperating with their request".