Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

WV senator calls for Tom Marino's drug czar nomination to be withdrawn

WV senator calls for Tom Marino's drug czar nomination to be withdrawn

The DEA says they have issued fewer suspension orders against opioid distributors, doctors and pharmicies in recent years, telling CBS News in a statement that it will continue to "use all the tools at our disposal to combat this epidemic". In response, the distributors pay a fine and keep on doing business.

"This is an industry that's- that's out of control", said Joe Rannazzisi, the DEA agent cited in both reports. In actuality, the law raised the standard that the DEA needed to prove in order to crack down on a drug company's pain pill distribution, making it more hard for them to enforce fines against the companies.

"I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy", wrote Manchin. The announcement came in response to a news report exposing how a law enacted past year allegedly raised the bar the Drug Enforcement Administration must meet to stop distribution of controlled substances being shipped to suspected diverters.

Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including almost $100,000 to Marino, according to the Post.

The report found political action committees representing the pharmaceutical industry contributed at least $1.5 million to 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill.

Opioid addiction has developed such a powerful grip on Americans that some scientists have blamed it for lowering our life expectancy.

One key figure was Linden Barber, who went from working within the DEA as an associate chief counsel to now working as a senior vice president at Cardinal Health.

But The Washington Post and "60 Minutes", in a joint investigation, detailed Marino's involvement in helping pass legislation critics say weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) authority to halt drug distributors.

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