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Ohio AG urges tamper-resistant generic painkillers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general has joined his counterparts in 41 states to urge the federal government to require manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers to develop tamper-resistant versions of their products.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure that generic drugs, like their branded counterparts, have abuse-deterrent properties. He says adding new physical and chemical features to prescription opioids can deter abuse and accidental death.

DeWine made his request with other attorneys general in a letter sent to the federal agency earlier this month.

Overdose drug deaths driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

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