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Caught you US Senator Orrin Hatch! Now Release the Opioid Report!

Join the rally cry for release of the US Senate Finance Committee report.

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Why was Orrin Hatch allowed to seal an investigative report conducted by the US Senate Finance Committee?

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - In the 15 years I have been reporting on the prescription opioid epidemic, it has in some ways been frustrating to be a forerunner in exposing the criminal activity of pharma, the FDA, politicians, physicians, pain foundations and organizations profiting from the surging death and addiction rates -- while US Senator Orrin Hatch is allowed to obstruct justice.

In 2012, the US Senate Finance Committee announced they were conducting an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic devastating every state in the country.

In the past 5 years, I have Twittered, Facebooked, emailed and texted countless members of the Senate, Congress, Attorneys General, the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency to demand "accountability" as regards this Senate Finance Committee investigation.

Below are some links to my reporting on the inattentiveness of the Committee to the crisis and my exposing the criminal actions of contributors to this epidemic.

As time wore on and my Twitters, Facebooks, emails, texts to the powers to be met with no action from the US Senate, I focused exclusively on why US Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah had taken the copy of the investigative report -- which was reportedly not even bound -- and sealed it closed.

Where was the outrage and demand for Hatch to produce the US Senate Finance Committee investigative report on the prescription opioid epidemic?

This week a newspaper in Cape Cod, Massachusetts ran a story that Andrew Kolodny, MD, an addiction specialist and founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) as well as an advocacy group called Fed Up are "rallying" for release of the US Senate Finance Committee report.

This "rally for release" should be a battle cry for every family in the country whose family has suffered the loss of a loved one to demand Mr. Hatch unseal this critical investigative report.

My focus for the past 15 years has predominantly been on Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin because I have researched them extensively and know their criminal motivations in marketing the dangerous opioid.

My focus is now also on the other pharmaceutical companies investigated by the US Senate Finance Committee and their criminal activity and conflicts of interest. They are Endo Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.

How many thousands of lives could have been saved and how many profiteers could have been stopped from lining their pockets with pharma revenue if there had been a resounding demand for a timely release of the US Senate Finance Committee investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic?

Why was Orrin Hatch allowed to seal an investigative report conducted by the US Senate Finance Committee?

Where was the outrage since 2012 leading to Mr. Hatch's disregard for your children's lives as a potential state of emergency looms to be called in the prescription opioid/heroin Tsunami?

Mr. Hatch -- it's called obstruction of justice and I will continue reporting on you until the US Senate Finance Committee investigation on prescription opioids is made public.


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Wayne Wickizer July 22, 2018 9:29 am (Pacific time)

Keep up the good work Marianne. I've been on Hatch's tracks since the early 1980s. He's a pox on the body politic. Your information appears at the end of this posting on my blog

vannessa October 8, 2017 4:33 am (Pacific time)

my husband was almost fatally injured at age 33 he is a proud logger .. his c2 vertebra , nose, pelvic ,both legs, three ribs were all broken . and I am a firm believer working men woman that have injuries that cause them chronic pain whom take a pain reliever and need opioids to be able to work or to shower or take there pet for a walk . denying these people is unfair and inhumane .. living in pain and agony with no relief after trying all other forms of help .any why they have to live with this low quality of life because of over use of these pain meds buy people that broke a toe or have addiction to other street drugs and to subsidies there heroin need and fact is these people still get better care with there methadone treatments and there rehab centers . injured people that have no history of addiction and have the medical paper work showing there trauma . there quality of life there family's also is took and just ignored so the street drug users can miss use miss treat these forms of help the unfair and non treatment of chronic pain the person will be living with every second of there life needs to be the front of this opioid emergency heroin has always beena drug for people not the case for opioids . do better metering and evaluation on men woman before there prescribed .

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Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.