Trump administration seeks 10% production cut for 6 opioids

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Department on Aug. 16 for U.S. drugmakers to cut production of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent.

Here are four things to know:

1. The proposal would cut production quotas for oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine and fentanyl by 7-15 percent, in 2019, according to

2. The proposed drug manufacturing cut coincides with President Donald Trump's "Safe Prescribing Plan," which seeks to reduce opioid prescription fills by one-third over the next three years.

3. This past March, President Trump also revealed a tougher antiopioid campaign to cut opioid prescriptions by adjusting federal programs to cut opioid prescriptions and boost funding. He also proposed the death penalty for dealers.

4. The DEA and Justice Department's proposal comes on the heels of a CDC estimate, showing 48,612 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2017.

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