Real or fake, opioids a growing Oregon problem


ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WILL DECIDE IF THAT HOMEOWNER WILL FACE CHARGES. A FORMER DEA OFFICIAL TELLS CBS NEWS THE GROWING OPIOID CRISIS IS BEING FUELED IN PART BY LOBBYISTS, LAWMAKERS, AND THE DRUG DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY. HIS INTERVIEW AYERS RIGHT HERE — HIS INTERVIEW AIRED RIGHT HERE ON KOIN TV LAST NIGHT ON “60 MINUTES.” JENNIFER: FALLOUT FROM THE STORY CONTINUES, SOME OF IT WITH LOCAL TIES. SO OUR TIM BECKER IS HERE NOW, FOLLOWING UP. TIM: AFTER SEEING THAT “60 MINUTES” REPORT, OREGON REPRESENTATIVE SUZANNE BONAMICI TELLS KOIN 6 CONGRESS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY HOLD HEARINGS ON THE ISSUE. A HUGE PROBLEM THAT IN AUGUST COMPELLED MULTNOMAH COUNTY TO JOIN A LAWSUIT AGAINST DRUG MAKERS, ACCUSING THEM OF PUSHING DOCTORS TO OVERPRESCRIBE PAIN MEDS. WE ARE AWASH IN PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS. TIM: SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO TAKE ON DRUGMAKERS, AN EFFORT LED BY COMMISSIONER SHARON MEIERAN. THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO PAY THEIR SHARE OF THAT, AND WE FEEL THAT’S AN APPROPRIATE ACTION TO TAKE. THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT’S OUT OF CONTROL. TIM: FORMER DEA AGENT JOE RANNAZZISI TELLS CBS THAT HE WONDERS WHY CONGRESS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A BILL LAST YEAR THAT LIMITS THE DEA’S POWER TO FIGHT OPIOID ABUSE. IT WAS PROMOTED AS A WAY TO ENSURE THAT PATIENTS HAD ACCESS TO THE PAIN MEDICATION THAT THEY NEEDED, AND INTRODUCED BY TOM MARINO FROM PENNSYLVANIA, NOW PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINEE TO BE FEDERAL DRUG CZAR. PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY — PRES. TRUMP: I DID SEE THE REPORT. WE’RE GOING TO LOOK INTO THE REPORT, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. TIM: RANNAZZISI ALSO ACCUSES DRUG DISTRIBUTORS OF IGNORING THE MARKET FOR PAIN PILLS THAT’S BEING DIVERTED FOR ILLEGAL USE. IF THEY DON’T FOLLOW THE LAW IN DRUG SUPPLY, PEOPLE DIE. THAT’S JUST IT. PEOPLE DIE. TIM: THE PROBLEM HIT HOME 15 MONTHS AGO, WHEN THE FUSION WELLNESS CLINIC IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND WAS SHUT DOWN. ITS TWO OPERATORS, ALONG WITH CLOSE TO 20 OTHER PEOPLE, ARE ACCUSED OF PRESCRIBING EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF OXYCODONE AND HYDROCODONE TO CUSTOMERS. WE JUST FEEL LIKE THIS TIDAL WAVE IS COMING AT US. TIM: COUNTY CHAIR DEBORAH KAFOURY SAYS THEY’RE SPENDING MILLIONS EVERY YEAR TO ADDRESS A DRUG PROBLEM THAT BLEEDS INTO EVERY PART OF SOCIETY. THE AGENTS IN THE FIELD SEE IT ON A DAILY BASIS. THE PROPERTY CRIMES THE NEIGHBORHOODS, THE PROPERTY CRIMES IN THE CITY, THE PROPERTY CRIMES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. TIM: CONGRESSWOMAN BONAMICI SAYS SHE IS DISTURBED BY THE “60 MINUTES” REPORT, AND NOW WANTS

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