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The Root of the Opioid Epidemic has always been at the Top – the FDA. Now let’s do something about it!

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is shown in Silver Spring near Washington

It’s time for “ready, aim, fire” to sweep the FDA and HHS clean and save lives — not enable the pharmaceutical industry to earns billions of dollars while we continue to lose a future generation compliments of agencies failing to protect the American people.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) In my 17 years of writing and speaking of the ever worsening prescription opioid epidemic, I have maintained that the root of the epidemic is at the top — the FDA.  Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive and dangerous opioid, OxyContin unleashed a holocaust of deaths and addictions by working with the FDA to win approval for long-term use of opioids — in particular OxyContin.  I have worked with Attorneys General, attorneys, elected officials, physicians and entities who were as determined as me to expose the FDA and Purdue Pharma for their parts in encouraging opioids for long-term use.

Senator Lamar Alexander were you duped by the U.S. Pain Foundation?

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Let me know Senator Alexander when you will be holding a hearing for family members to testify how their loved ones were prescribed dangerous opioids, became addicted and died because of criminal marketing by pharma. 

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) On February 12, the National Director of Policy and Advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation testified at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The hearing “Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis” was chaired by U.S. Senator Alexander.   The National Director arrived on the Senate floor laying on a cot and at the point of testimony, transferred to sitting in a chair.  In 2015, she had testified in front of the U.S. Senate laying on a yoga mat holding a microphone.

Kentucky your drug epidemic has a name and a face — Meet Jon!

Jon, a resident of Kentucky, lost his life due to prescription drugs.

Jon’s sister wants answers — and is entitled to answers — as are the thousands of other families who have lost loved ones in drug torn counties like Butler, Kentucky.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH) By way of introduction, Kentucky this was Jon. He was a son, a father and a brother. He was loved by family and friends. On July 27, 2018 Jon died in a drug ravaged town in Butler County, Kentucky where the words “empowerment”, “prevention”, “education” and “treatment” are not used. Jon died of a drug overdose. The deaths have become a matter of daily routine and accepted — even by law enforcement. Why investigate the cause of death or who provided the drug(s) that ultimately kill residents of war torn towns in Kentucky? There will only be another “Jon” dying tomorrow and the next day and the day after.

Purdue Pharma and “The Sacklers” Crimes Against Humanity!

Cover of Orlando Sentintinel

Was critical information withheld that potentially could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives to addiction and death as billions of dollars were put in the pockets of the perpetrators and their benefactors?

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached are photos of the front page of The Orlando Sentinel who did an explosive series in October 2003 on Purdue Pharma and their deadly new drug, OxyContin. The series exposed the criminal marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma in a 5 part series. You will not find this series on the Internet. Fortunately I have copies of the newspapers and will protect the name of the journalist who I consider a hero for the investigative work put into the series. The journalist was an award winning writer, who as a result of this series, caused Purdue Pharma to threaten The Orlando Sentinel and the journalist was unceremoniously terminated.

Did US Congressman Tom Marino (PA) resign amid a looming congressional investigation?

Tony Marino

In 2007, Congressman Marino resigned from his position as a U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania after a Department of Justice investigation was launched against him for giving a reference to a convicted felon to operate slot machines.

Marianne Skolek Perez, Investigative Reporter

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Less than a month into his re-elected term in the House of Representatives, Congressman Tom Marino tendered his resignation today and will vacate his seat in six days.  Although Marino did not cite a reason for leaving his prestigious elected position, he announced his plans to work in the private sector and use his vast legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation.

Proud Boys: Trump’s Misogynistic, Anti-American Gang Bangers

Man at anti-immigration rally stands against ANTIFA

Sad men who beat up girls while exploiting white privilege, proud of what?

Tim King Global News Centre

Angry, mostly white protesters flooded the area around the Oregon state capital Saturday for an anti-immigration protest. Many are from a gang called “Proud Boys”. Before it was over, one person opposing the group’s Trump inspired hate tactics; a man standing alone in opposition to the rally, was physically contacted by a Proud Boys member. The anti-fascist ejected the proud boy from his space, then others brought me to the ground, and stomped my hands as I tried to recover the lone opposition activist’s camera. Oregon State Police and Salem officers separated everyone in the scuffle and restored calm.

Maryland Attorney General AG Frosh takes legal action against Insys Therapeutics, maker of Subsys (Fentanyl)

Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh

Recently the Attorney General’s office in Maryland brought legal charges against the pharmaceutical company, Insys maker of the killer opioid, Subsys (Fentanyl) for endangering the lives of consumers in off-label marketing their billion dollar drug.  These charges lend themselves to ask — why did the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma unleash an epidemic of death and addiction throughout the country for almost two decades with virtually no concern or charges by any Attorney General as the body bag count mounted and we continue to lose a generation of our children?  Why did no federal agency consider charging Purdue Pharma under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 2007 when they were charged in Federal Court in Virginia with criminally marketing OxyContin — pleaded guilty — and are convicted felons?

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) “RICO” is often thought of as a law designed to combat the Mafia. While that is how the law was first primarily used and intended, it has been applied in cases involving organizations that few people would mistake for the Mafia, including Major League Baseball, the Key West Police Department and the Catholic Church. RICO creates criminal and civil penalties for members of organizations that engage in patterns of criminal activity.  Why wasn’t Purdue Pharma charged under RICO?

Opioid Epidemic rages as DOJ refuses a Freedom of Information (FOI) request!

Richard Hollawell

There is an attorney in N.J. I refer to as the “Lone Ranger” fighting the prescription opioid epidemic destroying lives in the tens of thousands by taking appropriate legal action.  His name is Richard (Rick) Hollawell (photo shown).  

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Attorney Richard Hollawell has been seeking the very sought after 120 page report on Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin that caused the US Attorney’s office in Abingdon, VA to charge the pharmaceutical company in 2007 with criminally marketing their killer drug.  Three executives from Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in Federal Court to the charges, Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim.  No prison time was imposed and business continued as usual for Purdue Pharma.  So much so that eleven years later their profits surpass $30 billion with death and addiction tolls in the tens of thousands.

Maura Healey, Attorney General, Massachusetts and her lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

Maura Healey

Recently AG Healey “took on” the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, but did she really?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive OxyContin.  The AG alleged that Purdue Pharma misled consumers about OxyContin’s addiction and health risks in order to increase its profits.  She also named the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, as well as members of the pharmaceutical company’s Board of Directors.  Interesting approach, but one that made me very curious.  So I will make some observations, ask some questions and maybe, I will receive some answers because some things do not quite sit well here,

The Deadly Side of Irvine That Nobody Wants to Address

Image by Shelli Pruett

The El Toro Marine Corps base has left more than it’s saga behind.

Tim King Global News Centre

(SALEM, Ore.) – Irvine, California, is a pricey piece of California paradise on the surface, but underneath, a city of deadly cancer clusters, with a sea of toxic carcinogens flowing beneath its streets.

Marine Corps f-4 jet

Marine Corps f-4 jet

This is south Orange County, a place where people have plenty of money and success, but whether they know it or not, the people of Irvine are also part of a dirty, well kept secret.

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic — and should be!

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The FDA’s approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as “fire, aim, ready” as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached is a Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services Inc’s (PMRS) Motion for Summary Judgment filed against the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

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