Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

Ruben Ruiz
October 18, 2017

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill applauded the decision of Rep. Tom Marino withdrawing from consideration to be the Trump Administration's drug czar.

Indeed, pressing legislation that hinders the DEA's ability to prevent the diversion of powerful opioids to the black market diminishes, at least, Marino's credibility - all the more so because when "60 Minutes" reporters showed up at his office to ask him about the law, Marino's staff called Capitol Police to remove them.

Marino is President Trump's choice for drug czar. He said Mr. Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, was a "fine man and a great Congressman!"

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had said confirming Marino as the nation's drug czar would be like "putting the wolf in charge of the henhouse".

The Post reported Sunday that Marino and other members of Congress, along with the major drug distributors in the USA, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to an industry-friendly law that undermined efforts to restrict the flow of pain pills that have led to tens of thousands of deaths.

The President tweeted the news early Tuesday morning.

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Trump has said he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" but so far has not done so.

The bill, that was pushed primarily by Marino, effectively makes it impossible for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to stop suspicious narcotic shipments from companies.

Both Mr Marino and Ms Blackburn's home states have been ravaged by deadly overdoses from the opioid epidemic.

The Post reported Sunday that the drug industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, including Marino, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.

"During the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS, we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry", Manchin said.

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