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senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic


sen. claire mccaskill of missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.






trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee who helped weaken dea


president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act...






drug industry undermined dea as opioid epidemic exploded


a handful of members of congress, including trump's nominee to be drug czar, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors to undermine dea's efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by the washington post and “60 minutes.”






trump says he'll look into nominee for drug czar


president trump also pledged a "major announcement" on the national opioid epidemic, after "60 minutes" report






trump’s drug czar nominee withdraws after big pharma flap


the white house has withdrawn the nomination of rep. dan marino to be the nation's drug czar, after revelations that he played a key role in passing a bill weakening the drug enforcement administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.






trump says he'll look into nominee for drug czar


president trump also pledged a "major announcement" on the national opioid epidemic, after a "60 minutes" and washington post investigation






trump proposal would gut 'drug czar' office in middle of opioid crisis


the trump administration is proposing to gut the budget of the white house "drug czar" by 95 percent, effectively eliminating the decades-old office of national drug control policy, the lead federal agency responsible for managing and coordinating drug policy, according to a memo that its acting...






trump’s drug czar pick took thousands in donations from drug distributors


president donald trump recently launched a high-profile white house initiative to combat the growing problem of opioid drug abuse in america. yet his expected selection to oversee the nation’s drug laws is a congressman from an opioid-ravaged district whose signature legislative accomplishment is a ...






trump's drug czar nominee out after "60 minutes" opioid report


trump tweets nominee for drug czar has withdrawn his name from consideration






big pharma really, really doesn't want you to know the true value of its drugs


the latest poster child for cruel and inhuman drug pricing is kaleo pharma, maker of an emergency injector for a med called naloxone, which is used as an antidote to save the lives of people who overdose on painkillers. as america’s opioid crisis reaches epidemic levels, kaleo has jacked up the...






the u.s. has an opioid epidemic, and the trump administration is cracking down o


president trump pledged to end america's "terrible drug epidemic." what his administration has done about the opioid crisis so far is useless or worse.






trump, sessions crime policies 'risk igniting a new drug war,' eric holder charg


the gop appears to be marching resolutely backwards on commonsense drug reforms and other criminal justice policies.   eric holder says trump's crime policy is dangerousformer attorney general eric holder, whose tenure was embroiled in controversy, had some strong words this week for the trump administration's position on key issues involving the criminal justice system. ... around the country who had gathered in washington, d.c., according to the hill. holder said it was "unwise" for sessions, who once called marijuana "only slightly less awful" than heroin, to push ... /* >  related storiesmore arrests for marijuana than for violent crime last yeartrump drug czar nominee withdraws after damning report he blocked dea action against big pharma pill sellerstrump's drug czar is






opioid law draws scrutiny after trump's pick for drug czar steps aside


president trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, rep. tom marino (r-pa.), withdrew from consideration tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the drug enforcement administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods....






ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis


ohio attorney general mike dewine said on wednesday his office sued five major drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and so helping fuel a sky-rocketing drug addiction epidemic. a growing number of state and local governments are suing drug...






florida legislature looks at combating opioid epidemic


tallahassee, fla. (ap) — despite having spent years investigating drug crimes and slayings in philadelphia, a florida sheriff told a state senate committee on tuesday that he hasn’t seen anything like the current opioid epidemic in florida. “when i first started in law enforcement in 1987 it was crack cocaine and the open air drug […]






ohio sues opioid manufacturers for addiction epidemic


ohio attorney general mike dewine filed a lawsuit wednesday against at least five pharmaceutical companies considered central to the opioid epidemic currently sweeping across the u.s. the filing is not the first legal action against painkiller manufacturers, but its inclusion of five large drug manu...






we're in an opioid epidemic that's killing people. why does a state senator want


the prescription drug epidemic is a serial killer, claiming thousands of lives in the u.s. each year. opioid pill mills, trading in dangerous narcotics like oxycodone, have been shut down in southern california and beyond, but investigators say there’s more work to be done. doctors have been arrested...






fears mount that obamacare repeal will put life-saving treatments for opioid epi


there weren’t always strollers jamming the lobby of first step home, one of this city’s growing number of drug treatment centers. but as the opioid epidemic has swept through ohio, mothers with babies and small children have flocked to an aging block of brick homes just outside downtown cincinnati....






trump is delving into the nation's opioid addiction crisis. here's a look at its


president trump today is hosting a listening session at the white house on opioid and other drug abuse. during his campaign, trump promised to end the opioid addiction epidemic. this week, he appointed new jersey gov. chris christie to lead a white house commission to combat drug addiction. christie...






how the gop heathcare plan would worsen the opioid crisis


a drug epidemic is ravaging the united states, and it’s getting worse, not better. more than 52,000 americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, more than died from automobile accidents or firearms. that’s far more than died from overdoses in any year during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. most...






the drug industry's triumph over the dea


in april 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history, congress effectively stripped the drug enforcement administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation's streets. by then, the opioid war had...






in trump's washington, revolving door keeps on spinning


the "60 minutes"/washington post investigation of the opioid epidemic exposed the roles played by former drug regulators who went to work for the drug industry.






trump's drug czar is protecting big pharma's opioid epidemic


tom marino wants to jail pot smokers, yet has a soft spot for the nation's biggest drug pushers. update: tom marino has since withdrawn from consideration for drug czar following the washington post/60 minutes report. president trump's nominee to head the white house office of national drug control policy (ondcp, the drug czar's office) appears more concerned with helping big pharma sell tons of opioid pain pills than helping the dea battle the crisis that saw more than 60,000 americans die of drug overdoses last year.that's according to a major investigative report from the washington post and cbs news' 60 minutes sunday. the report identified trump's pick, pennsylvania republican rep. tom marino, as the primary architect of a bill passed last year that made it harder for dea agen






california weighs controversial ‘injection centers’ to fight opioid epidemic


california could become the first state to allow drug injection centers for opioid addicts. opponents of ab 186 oppose the bill that they say would create "government-run drug dens."






prosecutors' lawsuit says opioid drug makers deceived public


a new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three tennessee prosecutors and the baby's guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing about the risks of addiction to painkillers.






trump: drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration


rep. tom marino played key role in weakening government's authority to stop opioid distribution, according to "60 minutes"/washington post report






prosecutors' lawsuit says opioid drug makers deceived public


a new lawsuit invokes the plight of a baby born dependent on opioid drugs, as three tennessee prosecutors and the baby's guardian accuse several drug manufacturers of unleashing an epidemic through deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction to painkillers.






trump taps pennsylvania congressman to be drug czar


the white house says president donald trump will nominate a pennsylvania congressman to serve as the nation's drug czar.






trump: drug czar nominee, rep. marino, withdrawing his name from consideration


president donald trump says the pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job. trump's announcement tuesday on twitter follows reports that republican rep. tom marino played a key role in passing a bill that weakened the federal government's...






deputy ag announces "major milestone" in fight against opioids -- live updates


announcement comes as trump's pick for drug czar has withdraws from consideration, following "60 minutes" and washington post investigation into opioid crisis






trump administration teams up with big pharma to block drug pricing transparency


sec, big pharma block drug pricing transparency push this article originally appeared on the international business times. a week before his inauguration, donald trump said that when it came to drug prices, pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder”—and he pledged to take decisive acti...






trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee


president donald trump on monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of republican rep. tom marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.






gop medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic


the republican drive to roll back barack obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up.






trump taps pennsylvania congressman to be drug czar


washington (ap) — the white house says president donald trump will nominate a pennsylvania congressman to serve as the nation’s drug czar. the trump administration announced friday that the president has tapped rep. tom marino to lead the office of national drug control policy. in congress, marino has worked to expand access to treatment for […]






why the trump administration shouldn’t bust drug makers’ patents


while the public hold little sympathy for big pharma, when the drug industry suffers, people suffer. and when big pharma wins, people win.