NV attorney general joins effort to curb prescription pill abuse

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NV attorney general joins effort to curb prescription pill abuse

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Nevada's Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make it harder to abuse prescription painkillers.

Statewide nearly 2,100 people have died of prescription drug overdoses since 2009.

Masto joins 41 other attorneys general who want to make it an FDA requirement for generic prescription painkiller manufacturers to create tamper-resistant versions of their products.

This is already required for brand-name drugs, including opioids like OxyContin, which can no longer be crushed into a fine powder, making snorting or injecting it difficult.

Reno Police Sergeant Ernesto Leyva says prescription painkillers present a unique threat to children who may think they are always safe to take.

"We've talked to many younger students, kids, that have been taking these pills and the common story that we hear is that they think it's safe because it's prescribed by a doctor, you get it through a pharmacy, so they believe that it's a safe high.'"

Leyva says that abusing prescription opioids can lead to heroin addiction as the high is similar and heroin is a lot cheaper to obtain.