In September 2017 the president nominated Tom Marino to be America’s new drug czar. On Sunday October 15, CBS NEWS reported that Marino had been the “chief architect: behind a bill that “protected drug companies and their distributors and “crippled the DEA’s ability to combat the U. S. opioid crisis. On Tuesday October 17, Tom Marino withdrew his name from being considered for drug czar; only days before the final vote.
The Washington Post and the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes report that Marino “was the chief advocate of the 2016 bill that hobbled the ability of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat the opioid epidemic.”
“Hobbled” meaning to injure or cripple, to make lame.
This was a major news story dealing with the cause of the current opioid crisis.
But, the story isn’t over yet…
On Sunday December 17, 2017, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post reported another joint investigation looking into the crippled DEA’s response. Reporting on investigators who had “hit a brick wall in Washington.”
In brief, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post reported that the DEA built, “a powerful case against McKesson.”
The leader of the DEA team was David Schiller. But after Schiller built “a powerful case” he hit a brick wall in Washington.
How powerful was the case against McKesson? Here is what Schiller said, “This is the best case we’ve ever had against a major distributor in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration. How do we not go after the number one organization? In the height of the epidemic, when people are dying everywhere, doesn’t somebody have to be held accountable? McKesson needs to be held accountable.”
In 2008, McKesson was fined $13.3 million because they failed to report “shady internet pharmacies.” Afterwards McKesson agreed to do a better job keeping track of shipments.
But in 2014 Schiller and his team had the proof that this time McKesson was supplying pharmacies and doctors that were fronts for criminal drug rings and pill mills.
What happened next…
Here is a link to the CBS NEW 60 Minutes website. Please go and watch the program. The video is only about 15 minutes long. It will make you ill, than make you angry.
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