Pay-to-play is costing lives

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars in profits from selling opioids, and the more money they make, the worse our nation's opioid epidemic becomes.

Washington's pay-to-play politics has exacerbated this crisis. In 2016, a law championed by the drug industry was snuck through Congress to make it harder for the DEA to crack down on Big Pharma to keep these opioids off the streets. The crisis has accelerated ever since, while the pharmaceutical industry profits. I will be introducing legislation to repeal the 2016 Marino-Hatch law that has made effective drug enforcement at the DEA all but impossible, but I need your help to make sure it passes.

Join me in repealing legislation that has empowered opioid-pushing drug companies. We need to empower DEA's ability to regulate Big Pharma and fight the opioid epidemic.

We need to take back the reigns from pharmaceutical corporations and their lobbyists who want to make their own rules, which have been nothing short of disastrous. Here are just a few disturbing numbers:

  • $106 million in pharmaceutical industry lobbying expenses from 2014-2016
  • $1.5 million in contributions to 23 members of Congress who pushed the legislation
  • 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016

The corporate influence over Congress has paralyzed the DEA from taking action against bad actors. We need vast, sweeping change if the DEA is going to be an effective force working on the people's behalf, not the industry they regulate. This is about saving lives.

Please add your name to our efforts. In order to end this tragic opioid epidemic, we need to repeal the Marino-Hatch law that handcuffed the DEA.

Thanks to the pressure you applied, Rep. Marino, who championed the 2016 law pushed by the drug industry, has withdrawn from consideration to be President Trump's drug czar. With your help, we can repeal the bill he put in place and make real progress to stop the opioid epidemic in its tracks.

Aloha,
Tulsi

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