When asked what he hoped to achieve by producing this special double segment, which exposed how the Department of Justice and Congress helped fuel the nation’s opioid crisis, 60 Minutes Correspondent Bill Whitaker stated: “What I hope would happen from this story is that Americans get angry.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-60-minutes-dea-whistleblower/
The Safe Rx Team is angry and you should be too. We watched in disbelief as Whitaker revealed how the Department of Justice and Congress stripped the DEA of its enforcement powers in response to heavy lobbying from the special interests that profited from the epidemic, just as the death rate associated with opioid overdoses was accelerating.
We encourage all Americans to watch this 60 Minutes segment in its entirety, and the Overtime segment online profiling whistleblower and former DEA agent in charge of regulating the drug industry Joe Rannazzisi from the Office of Diversion Control, who should be applauded for standing up to these special interests on behalf of the American people and their families:
You are going to be absolutely furious, and we urge you to channel your anger by:
ASKING YOUR STATE AND NATIONAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO:
- Support Senate Bill 1960 and House Bill 4084 that seeks to repeal and replace the “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015” with legislation that specifically restores the enforcement powers to the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control.
- Introduce and support federal legislation that requires a 7-day limit for first-time opioid prescriptions indicated for short-term pain symptoms.
- Introduce and support legislation that amends the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 to require locking prescription vials for dispensing of controlled substances and any medications with pediatric fatality risk.
WORK WITH LIKE-MINDED PARENTS & OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO:
- Keep medications, drugs, and alcohol out of the reach of children and teenagers in a secure place.
- Ask your neighborhood pharmacies to dispense your controlled substance prescriptions in a locking prescription vial.