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DEA Proposes 20 Percent Cut in Opioid Production for 2018

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The Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday proposed a 20 percent cut in opioids produced in 2018, partially in reaction to the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic.

The agency specifically wants to reduce production of schedule II opioid painkillers, according to a DEA press release. These include oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, meperidine, and fentanyl.

Demand for opioids has declined, which acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg attributes to better monitoring of their prescription and consumption.

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