Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws after opioid report

October 17, 2017

President Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. The announcement came following a joint investigation by CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis.

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The report found that Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration during the height of the crisis. Marino, R-Pennsylvania, was the chief advocate for the bill at the center of the investigation.

The bill weakened the DEA's control over opioid drug distributors," reports CBS news.


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