This week, Representative Rep. Debbie Dingell and I introduced the Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act (H.R. 3878) which will require drug manufacturers, distributors, and other Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrants to not only report suspicious orders but halt them. Between 2006 and 2012, more than 850 million opioid pills were shipped into small communities throughout West Virginia, these drugs have wreaked havoc on our communities and contributed to our state becoming the epicenter of the opioid epidemic.
Distributors have continued to fall back on the fact that they flagged suspicious orders for the DEA, but what they fail to mention is that they continued to ship these orders even after flagging them as suspicious. Last Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee conducted an investigation following the discovery that nearly 9 million pills were distributed in just two years to a single pharmacy in West Virginia. Our legislation will prevent this from ever happening again.
Read the article in the WV Gazette-Mail here.