Schumer: Trump must withdraw drug czar pick

Kelly Massey
October 18, 2017

The Post and "60 Minutes" reported Sunday on the 2016 law, which weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

Tom Marino is no longer President Donald Trump's nomination for "drug czar". Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!

President Donald Trump says in a tweet that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew his name from contention to be the next drug czar after a Washington Post and "60 Minutes" report revealed deep ties to the drug industry.

Marino's chances took a major blow after a Washington Post and "60 Minutes" joint investigation revealed his role in passing an industry-friendly law previous year that made it harder for the DEA to crack down on drug companies.

Meanwhile, political action committees representing the industry spent $106 million lobbying Congress between 2014 and 2016, the height of the epidemic, and contributed at least $1.5 million to the campaigns of 23 lawmakers who sponsored or cosponsored the bill, including almost $100,000 to Marino and $177,000 to Sen.

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"We're going to review it", he said.

Mr Marino and fellow Republican lawmaker, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, also reportedly helped force out a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official who was taking on the drug firms.

An initial report from the commission in July noted that the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is "equal to September 11 every three weeks".

Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths from opioids has more than quadrupled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mr Trump said on Monday he would formally declare a national opioid emergency next week, as he pledged to do more than two months ago.

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