CBS: Opioid Crisis Fueled by Drug Industry and Congress

According to former DEA agent turned whistleblower, Joe Rannazzisi, the DEA’s ability to keep opioids off U.S. streets was derailed by “…Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics – providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed more than 200,000 lives.”1 (Rannazzisi once ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the division that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry.)

Last October we shared a story with you that detailed what Rannazzisi has disclosed to 60 Minutes and The Washington Post; that the U.S. Congress had conspired “with drug companies to hobble the DEA by erecting a protection racket for prescription opioid profits.” And now, 60 Minutes has come out with a follow-up.

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