U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has introduced two bills to help fight the opioid epidemic.
• The Opioid Quota Openness, Transparency, and Awareness (QuOTA) Act aims to increase transparency of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) production quotas for manufacturers so that the general public will have more information about these prescriptions.
• The Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act would change the DEA regulations around physician licenses to prescribe opioids so that physicians are required to receive training before receiving or renewing their DEA license.
“I’ve introduced two bills that will give those on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic the upper hand in preventing prescription opioids from getting into the wrong hands," Manchin said in the release.
"The DEA and prescribers are our first line of defense in this epidemic and these bills will strengthen opioid production quota regulations and the education of physicians so they know how to safely prescribe opioids to people who truly need them."