Montana

Nov 25, 2012 5:28 PM by MTN News

Bullock cautions Canada on generic oxycodone

HELENA - Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has sent off a letter to Canadian officials asking them to reconsider a recent decision to allow generic oxycodone to be manufactured and sold in Canada.

"Studies have shown that the tamper-resistant changes OxyContin manufacturers have made to the drug have resulted in less abuse among addicts," Bullock wrote in the letter to Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.

Bullock says he has "concerns" the decision could hurt some of the work done by the Canadian and U.S. government in tackling the issue of OxyContin abuse.

Bullock, recently elected as Montana's next governor spent time as attorney general raising awareness about prescription drug abuse, including the establishment of a prescription drug registry.

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