We are grateful for the opportunity to submit comments regarding the Development and Regulation of Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Opioid Medications.
As you know, prescription drug abuse is a growing public health crisis. Approximately 6.1 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs, and more than 60 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose. Overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999 and now outnumber deaths from all illicit drugs, including heroin and cocaine, combined. We appreciate the work the Committee has done to address this epidemic.