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Caught you US Senator Orrin Hatch! Now Release the Opioid Report!Marianne Skolek-Perez Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter
Join the rally cry for release of the US Senate Finance Committee report.
(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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