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Marino pulls name from consideration for drug post

Marino pulls name from consideration for drug post”

Amid that backdrop, it is especially disconcerting that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Republican who represents the nearby 10th Congressional District, is one of two principal architects of a law that has made it more hard for the Drug Enforcement Administration to stem the flow of opioids to prescription mills that help drive addiction. He said Mr. Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, was a "fine man and a great Congressman!"

The announcement came following a joint investigation by CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis.

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".

Rep. Tom Marino has withdrawn from consideration as the White House's pick for drug czar following a bombshell report that he championed a bill that hindered federal agents from going after the Big Pharma firms that flooded the country with addictive opioids.

Marino's chances took a major blow after a Washington Post and "60 Minutes" joint investigation revealed his role in passing an industry-friendly law previous year that made it harder for the DEA to crack down on drug companies.

Trump, wisely, said Monday that he will "take a look" at the nomination in light of the report.

"The American people deserve someone totally committed to fighting the opioid crisis", the NY senator said, "not someone who has laboured on behalf of the drug industry".

"Congressman Marino no longer has my trust or that of the public that he will aggressively pursue the fight against opioid abuse", Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Congress should move quickly to restore the DEA's ability to stop the diversion of millions of opioid pills.

Marino's office did not immediately return a request for comment.



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