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DEA Whistleblowers Take Down Nominee, Expose Govt’s Role in US Opiate Crisis
by Whitney Webb
Posted October 19, 2017

US soldier guarding poppy fields in AfghanistanIn the same week that he decided that the U.S. opiate epidemic is a “national emergency,” Trump was forced to withdraw his nominee for Drug Czar, when Rep. Tom Marino was recognized as a congressional water-carrier for Big Pharma opiate producers and one who has impeded the effort to battle the epidemic.

For years, illicit opiate use has been on the rise in the United States, leading to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, one that has claimed ten times more lives in a single year than all terrorist attacks (including 9/11) on U.S. soil over the last two decades. While the federal government has made public attempts to curb the problem — including President Donald Trump’s recent decision to declare the crisis a “national emergency” — little has resulted from these initiatives, as the harrowing surge in opiate use continues unabated.

Though some may blame government incompetence or perhaps a lack of funding for the failure of federal initiatives to effectively combat the crisis, two whistleblowers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have come forward, stating plainly that the U.S. government is fully complicit in fueling the crisis. More…