President Biden signs bill introduced by Congressman Morgan Griffith preventing opioid abuse

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) – In a milestone for 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), President Joe Biden signed a law that makes changes to the Federal Controlled Substances Act

H.R. 1899 prohibits the transfer of any Drug Enforcement Agency registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances without written consent from the agency.

The bill passed the House in mid-April and passed the Senate in late October.

It was first introduced by Griffith this past March and was signed into law on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

“I applaud and thank Representative Griffith for his leadership on this bipartisan solution that was signed into law today. To help prevent diversion of prescription opioids, the legislation requires the written consent of the Attorney General before the transfer of any registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances. H.R. 1899 also requires the termination of a registration when a registrant dies, discontinues business, or surrenders the registration. This is an important step to stop opioid abuse and prevent those who have not been properly vetted by the authorities from dispensing controlled substances. It’s work we should build upon to combat the frightening reality of record-high overdose deaths, including by taking immediate action to permanently schedule fentanyl analogs in Schedule I.” 

Kathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Energy and Commerce Republican Leader

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