Congressman Marino and the Opioid Crisis

Leslie Hanson
October 17, 2017

His comments came after a joint investigation by CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis.

Marino, a Williamsport native whose 10th District includes parts of Monroe County, was tapped in September as President Donald Trump's nominee to become the nation's next drug czar. Marino, in his fourth term representing northeastern Pennsylvania, played a key role in the law along with a handful of other Republicans.

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

He added that if Trump doesn't withdraw the nomination, "it will be another betrayal in a long line of betrayals on issues near and dear to rural America".

Specifically, Marino introduced a bill in 2014 that made it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to enforce laws that would keep laws from being diverted.

A number of lawmakers teamed up with the nation's top pharmaceutical companies in April 2016 to create a law that was more favorable to the drug industry.

Trump nominated Marino to head the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. We're going to take it very seriously because we're going to have a major announcement probably next week on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem, and I want to get that absolutely right. "That is a very, very big statement".

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". The opioid crisis has also engendered the use of heroin.

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