RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper says approximately 1,000 people died from overdoses on prescription drugs last year in North Carolina.
Cooper, along with 41 other state attorneys told federal officials Monday that manufacturers of generic prescription pain relievers should be required to develop versions that are harder to abuse.
Cooper says these requirements will help prevent common methods of abuse such as crushing pills or dissolving them to inject.
The attorney's office told WFMY News 2 drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in the United States due to unintentional injury.
In North Carolina, Cooper and the SBI helped sponsor Operation Medicine Drop events to help people dispose of prescription medications safely.
Each spring, Cooper helps sponsor the Stop Rx Abuse contest to help educate high school students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Press Release, WFMY News 2