Local law enforcement officers more typically partner with the FBI or ATF, but this week, it’s the FDA that is drawing praise (the Food and Drug Administration).
The patent on a powerful prescription painkiller called Oxycontin has expired.
That clears a path for generic versions of the drug to hit the market. Some in local law enforcement feared that could mean a re-appearance of Oxycontin in its original form.
A form that proved very popular with drug abusers.
“You’ll be very happy with the result of our decision but in fact generics that will be allowed to go into the marketplace to duplicate Oxycontin will have to have this same ingredient that will prevent it from being snorted or crushed and therefore injected,” said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, (R) Michigan’s Sixth District. “ In essence, it makes it rather than having a powder form when you crush it, it’s almost jelly.”
Congressman Upton says Oxycontin is a much more powerful drug when it is snorted or injected because it is time released when swallowed.
Upton today was praised during a meeting of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police held in Berrien Springs.
Congressman Upton was prepared to address the issue with legislation but didn’t have to. The formula restrictions on generic Oxycontin were imposed through the regulatory process of the FDA.