Admin Will Likely Make 'Major Announcement' on Opioid Crisis Next Week

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2017

At an impromptu news conference at the White House Monday, Mr. Trump said, "If I think it's 1 percent negative to what we want to do I'll make a change".

According to a stunning report on 60 Minutes Sunday night on CBS- Congress, lobbyists, and the drug distribution industry deserve much of the blame.

"Tonight I am calling on President Trump to withdraw the nomination of Rep. Marino".

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 reported move from members of Congress to side with the drug industry's lobbying arm is concerning, given that deaths from opioid overdoses continue to soar.

Trump nominated Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which works to reduce illicit drug use.

A bill introduced by Marino and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, weakened the DEA's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

A White House commission suggested the opioid epidemic should be declared a national emergency. "It's very important step", Trump said.

The bill was touted as a way to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug abuse by altering DEA procedures for revoking or suspending registrations for opioid distributors, McCaskill said, but "the effect of the changes has been to significantly curtail the ability of DEA to bring enforcement actions against drug distributors".

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