• The Swamp: Big Pharma hired away DEA officials as the agency tried to limit Opioid Abuse

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    The Washington Post story is troubling. We know firms lobby, but lobbying to try to stop the national epidemic of opioid abuse? That’s today’s story from the swamp of corruption.

    To quote from the story:

    The hires came after the DEA launched an aggressive campaign to curb a rising opioid epidemic that has resulted in thousands of overdose deaths each year. In 2005, the DEA began to crack down on companies that were distributing inordinate numbers of pills such as oxycodone to pain-management clinics and pharmacies around the country.

    Since then, the pharmaceutical companies and law firms that represent them have hired at least 42 officials from the DEA — 31 of them directly from the division responsible for regulating the industry. –Washington Post