Big Pharma bought/intimidated enough of our government to halt law enforcement on opioids

❝ Newly unsealed documents in a landmark civil case in Cleveland provide clues to one of the most enduring mysteries of the opioid epidemic: How were drug companies able to weaken the federal government’s most powerful enforcement weapon at the height of the crisis?

The industry enlisted members of Congress to limit the powers of the Drug Enforcement Administration. It devised “tactics” to push back against the agency. And it commissioned a “Crisis Playbook” to burnish its image and blame the federal government for not doing enough to stop the epidemic.

❝ The Post has twice investigated the industry’s battles with the DEA, first in 2016 and again in 2017 with “60 Minutes.” But the full story has never been told because so few of the people involved will talk about it. The list of people who have declined to be interviewed includes former congressman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who first proposed the bill; former acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg, whose agency surrendered to the pressure; former attorney general Loretta E. Lynch, whose department did not stand in the way of the legislation; and, finally, then-President Barack Obama, who signed it into law.

What? Did you expect our gallant elected officials to stand up for freedom, civil liberties and The American Way? RTFA and reflect upon the phony inability of Congress or the White House to get anything done. I’d suggest you start with throwing 80/90% of officeholders out the damn door!

One thought on “Big Pharma bought/intimidated enough of our government to halt law enforcement on opioids

  1. Steve Ruis says:

    I heard a former DEA agent on NPR talk about how he had been investigating these drug company abuses but when the courts were sent the cases, they disappeared. The judges didn’t know they had disappeared but noticed the lack of such cases. The DEA was blocking the pursuit of such cases and finally Congress stepped in to limit DEA’s pursuit of such cases. This was a couple of years ago, so this is old news, very old and the fact that we are finally twigging to it means that maybe, just maybe we are waking up to what the wealthy are doing to buy our government.

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