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DEA Manufacturing Caps for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone 2001-2017

I was reminded in this excellent The Weeds podcast episode that the D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Agency) sets caps on the amounts of schedule 1 and 2 drugs that manufacturers can legally produce each year. In the podcast, German Lopez mentions that the D.E.A had raised caps on opioids at the request of drug manufacturers. I was curious to see how the caps had changed over time and it was relatively simple to discover via the Federal Register. Considering all the lawsuits now targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers like Purdue, Johnson & Johnson, Allergen and Teva, I wonder if the D.E.A could also be considered an actor in the current opioid epidemic.

 

…final aggregate production quotas for the following controlled substances, expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, be established as follows:

(Not sure what ‘conversion’ means in this sense, but I think it has to do with converting one substance to another, i.e. one drug could be converted into another.)

2001
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2001/10/15/01-25761/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2001
Oxycodone (for sale) 46,680,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 449,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 23,825,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 18,000,000

2002
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2002/09/20/02-23876/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2002
Oxycodone (for sale) 34,482,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 1,100,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 25,702,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 2,500,000

2003
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2003/09/30/03-24653/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2003
Oxycodone (for sale) 41,182,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 700,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 30,622,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

2004
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2004/11/16/04-25340/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2004
Oxycodone (for sale) 49,200,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 920,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 34,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

2005
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2005/11/09/05-22287/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2005
Oxycodone (for sale) 50,490,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 920,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 37,604,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

2006
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2006/10/19/E6-17524/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2006
Oxycodone (for sale) 56,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,610,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 42,000,000 g
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000 g

2007
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2007/08/24/E7-16730/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2007
Oxycodone (for sale) 70,000,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 3,100,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 46,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

2008
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2008/11/12/E8-26798/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2008
Oxycodone (for sale) 70,000,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,820,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 55,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

2009
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2009/10/21/E9-25274/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2009
Oxycodone (for sale) 94,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,500,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 55,500,000 g

2010
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2010/09/14/2010-22785/controlled-substances-final-revised-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2010
Oxycodone (for sale) 105,500,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,600,000 g
Hydrocodone 55,000,000 g

2011
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/09/2011-31621/controlled-substances-final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2011
Oxycodone (for sale) 98,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,600,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 59,000,000 g

2012
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/10/2012-22128/controlled-substances-final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-2012
Oxycodone (for sale) 105,200,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 7,600,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 79,700,000 g

2013
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/07/2013-19046/final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-and
Oxycodone (for sale) 153,750,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 10,250,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000 g

2014
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/25/2014-20137/final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-and
Oxycodone (for sale) 149,375,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 9,250,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 137,500

2015
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/16/2015-23199/final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-and
Oxycodone (for sale) 141,375,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 8,350,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 137,500

2016
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/25/2016-25696/final-adjusted-aggregate-production-quotas-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-and
Oxycodone (for sale) 139,150,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,000,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 86,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 177,500

2017
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/05/2016-23988/established-aggregate-production-quotas-for-schedule-i-and-ii-controlled-substances-and-assessment
Oxycodone (for sale) 108,510,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 2,610,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 58,410,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 122,000

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