The bill also was reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
He wrote that it is now “all but logically impossible” for the DEA to suspend a drug company’s operations for failing to comply with federal law.
“I mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests in the height of an opioid epidemic just shows me how much influence they have.” Besides the sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, few lawmakers knew the true impact the law would have.
It sailed through Congress and was passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure reserved for bills considered to be noncontroversial.
In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U. 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. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns.
By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U. The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was As Rep.