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DEA Falls Short In Answering Opioid Enforcement Questions, Senators Say

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A Washington Post report shows that beginning in 2013, DEA lawyers at headquarters started to delay and block enforcement efforts against large opioid distributors and others, requiring investigators in the field to meet a higher burden of proof before they could take action. In other news, a Stat reporter goes behind the scenes at a DEA drug lab, an opioid maker settles a lawsuit over aggressive marketing and the medical license of a doctor known as the “Candy Man” is permanently suspended.

Stories Of Addiction Show Communities Searching For ‘Way Out’ Of Opioid Epidemic

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The New York Times reports from multiple states on patients and families, each dealing with a wrenching crisis. In related news, hospital “cuddlers” help soothe dependent newborns, Indiana’s new governor pledges to roll back Mike Pence’s needle exchange restrictions and police in Wyoming are trained to use Narcan.