A coalition of organizations and doctors concerned about the overuse of prescription narcotics (known as FedUP) is calling for information from the U.S. Senate, three years after the governing body collected records in an investigation into the financial ties between the opioid industry and nonprofit groups that advocated for use of the drugs in treating pain. The process started back in May 2012 when the Senate Finance Committee opened a bipartisan investigation and requested records from 10 organizations, as well as some individuals with financial ties to several companies that make opioids. While the Senate’s action garnered a great deal of attention at the time, there has been no public report or release of the documents by the committee. In response to FedUP’s open letter, the Senate Committee cited its inability to provide the records without an official report on the matter. It did not provide a timeline for issuance of the report in question.
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