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Senator Orrin Hatch needs to be named in opioid lawsuits filed nationwide!

Senator Hatch receives the American Pain Foundation's Public Service Award from Dr. Perry Fine, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah. (Undated photo on Hatch's website)

Senator Hatch receives the American Pain Foundation’s Public Service Award from Dr. Perry Fine, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah. (Undated photo on Hatch’s website)

This past week U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) announced his retirement from the Senate at 83 years old.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Before Mr. Hatch attends his retirement party as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, maybe some vital matters should be addressed.  Hatch was a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in 2012 when an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic was launched naming several pharmaceutical companies as well as The American Pain Foundation, The American Academy of Pain Medicine and The American Pain Society, as well as several physicians.  Two of the physicians named in the investigation were Perry Fine, MD and Lynn Webster, MD both from Utah.  I am calling for Hatch to be charged with obstruction of justice and named as a defendant in the many lawsuits filed throughout the country against pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.  My call for Orrin Hatch to be brought into legal action is based on the following information as regards the investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic addicting and killing in the tens of thousands:

Lynn R. Webster, MD sets standard for DEA investigations

Lynn Webster

Lynn Webster

Following the trail of the prescription opioid epidemic and the DEA’s efforts to expose the purveyors.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched an investigation of then-president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Lynn R. Webster, MD, related to overdose deaths at Webster’s Lifetree Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City. It was alleged there were up to 100 deaths at Webster’s clinic which was raided by the DEA.  Webster attributed the deaths to “suicide” and the pain clinic closed its doors.  The U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah declined to pursue charges, effectively ending the DEA investigation.  US Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) was rumored to be the force behind charges being dropped against Webster.

Gov. Christie’s Opioid Commission and the Nation’s Biggest Nightmare – J. David Haddox, MD, DDS

CaptureHow many lives could have been saved?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  This should scare anyone involved in the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic. J. David Haddox, MD, DDS is the “gate keeper” at Purdue Pharma and successfully downplayed the dangers of OxyContin in the late 1990’s. Haddox “coined” a word “pseudo-addiction” without scientific data.  The definition of Haddox’s word “pseudo-addiction” is A drug-seeking behavior that simulates true addiction, which occurs in patients with pain who are receiving inadequate pain medication. So Haddox’s message to the medical profession was “more” is appropriate when treating patients with dangerous narcotics — and the medical profession bought it. In the meantime, Haddox’s employer, Purdue Pharma made billions of dollars in the sale of their drug OxyContin — as lives were ended.

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

Orrin Hatch

Senator (R-UT) Orrin Hatch

 

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.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) 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.

Why Tom Marino won’t be confirmed as Drug Czar by the U.S. Senate

Tom Marino

Tom Marino

Marino’s support of Trump in 2016 presidential election may have played into his appointment by the President as Drug Czar

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) President Trump announced that he was nominating Rep. Tom Marino (R) of Pennsylvania to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the second time. Marino had cited personal reasons for turning down the prestigious position several months ago. His personal reasons “resolved” themselves and Marino was appointed for a second time by Trump. That appointment is now in the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

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