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On Friday, March 15, 2013, Reps. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Bill Keating (D-MA) will be announcing federal legislation addressing abuse-deterrent formulations for commonly abused painkillers. The Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills (STOPP) Act is sponsored by Rep. Keating who partnered with Rep. Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Rogers is a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse and the Youth Drug Caucus, of which Rep. Keating is a member.

Rep. Keating originally introduced the STOPP Act, first-of-its kind legislation to address prescription drug abuse, in July of 2012 and Rep. Rogers was an original cosponsor.

Said Reps. Rogers and Keating: 

“Prescription drug abuse does not discriminate by region, socioeconomic status, or age. It is affecting families across the country at an alarmingly rapid rate, and Members of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse are united in their determination to slow the rising tide of medicine abuse. A critical piece in preventing painkiller abuse is the development of abuse-deterrent formulas for opiates that make it more difficult for abusers to crush, snort or inject drugs for illicit purposes.


"Unfortunately, earlier this year, the FDA approved the first generic drug to re-enter the American market without abuse-deterrent technology – a dangerous precedent. Allowing the generic formulations of abuse-deterrent drugs to enter the market without the same preventative mechanism will only lead to cheaper, more easily available pills to abuse. We hope that FDA and Congress will heed our call and make sure that all painkillers employ abuse-deterrent technologies. With another generic application looming before the FDA in April, these mechanisms will help prevent overdoses and decrease the illegal use of prescription painkillers, as well as spur innovation and the future development of these promising abuse-deterrent technologies.”

Reps. Rogers and Keating will be joined by other colleagues in the House as well as representatives from drug abuse prevention organizations. At the press conference, the Members will have a demonstration showing the difference between pills that employ abuse deterrent technologies and those that don’t.

Detailed information on the legislation will be available at the press conference. Please email Lauren Amendolara at if you plan on attending.



Friday, March 15, 2013

10:00 AM



2359 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515



Rep. Bill Keating

Rep. Hal Rogers

Rep. Nick Rahall

Mary Elizabeth Elliott,Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Michael Barnes, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence

Rogers joined with former Representative Mary Bono Mack to form the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse in 2009. Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit follow Rogers on Twitter!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook!/CongressmanHalRogers.