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Drugs / Opioids & DEA / McCaskill Interview #1117023

CNN Evening News for Monday, Oct 16, 2017
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Tom Foreman) A "Washington Post"/"60 Minutes" report that drug companies spent millions lobbying Congress to weaken a law allowing the DEA to go after opioid drug distributors with Representative Tom Marino, nominated to be the drug czar {Office of National Drug Control Policy} receiving money from drug companies, the reaction of President Trump & Democratic legislation to repeal the controversial law discussed; a statement from PhRMA about lobbying quoted. [TRUMP - promises a major announcement on the opioid problem next week.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with Senator Claire McCaskill about the drug law. [McCASKILL - comments on the elements of the law so that it needs to be repealed to allow the DEA the tools to act, how big business like PhRMA is a player on Capitol Hill to get their way; states she could not support Marino for the post, that there is pressure about the opioid crisis.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Foreman, Tom

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