Under the proposed “Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills” Act, pharmaceutical companies will be required to make pills tamper-resistant. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, in an effort to counter the U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic.
In backing the bill, Bono Mack — according to The Press-Enterprise — called attention to evidence that drug users and dealers crush pills such as Vicodin and OxyContin into powders, dissolve them in water or even inject them. The representative is also co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
If the bill passes, informally called the STOPP Act, it would direct the Food and Drug Administration to require companies to use tamper-resistant formulas for new opiate-based drugs. Any opiate-based drugs already on the market would have to be modified into tamper-free versions.
No timeline has been set for drugs already on the market.
“These powerful addictive narcotics need to be out of the hands of people who don’t need them,” Bono Mack said.
The bill has bipartisan support as Bono Mack is teaming up with Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., in an attempt to get it passed.