Should Rep. Tom Marino be the next drug czar

President Trump looking into a 60 minutes story linking him to the opioid crisis

Boston's Morning Show with Kim & VB
October 17, 2017 - 8:39 am

Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino is President Trump's choice to be the White House Drug Czar. But after an expose on 60 minutes has linked Marino to a law which effectively handcuffed the Drug Enforcement Agency in trying to curtail the flow of opioid prescriptions in the United States, he has taken a step back to re-evaluate that choice.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote an open letter to the president stating that Marino "has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce our nation's laws."

He continued to say "I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy."

President Trump stated he will look into the report, co-sponsored by The Washington Post and CBS News, which reports that the DEA fought against this law and ultimately lost out to Marino's advocacy of the bill. DEA agents insist that the law makes it significantly harder to patrol doctors and pharmacies which over-prescribe opioids or encourage opioid use for non-pain purposes.


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