West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has sued the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in sweeping reform to national drug policy.
The rule takes steps to account for diversion and increases input from specific stakeholders and establishes hearings when states request the DEA to consider additional evidence of excess opioid supplies.
The DEA previously relied on the amount of pills pharmaceutical manufacturers expected to sell within a year.
“Our lawsuit has brought about major changes in the national drug quota system that’s going to lead to significant reductions in the illicit pills that flow into our state,” Morrisey said.
Morrisey says the suit is a big win for West Virginia, and thanks his team for working so hard on it over the past few years.
Wednesday’s finalized rule came less than four months after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered DEA to review its policy, a directive issued itself just hours before a key deadline in Attorney General Morrisey’s lawsuit.