Hatch, while protecting the source of his largesse and raking in $millions, demonstrated once more that his ties to Big Pharma and special interests were tighter than his ties to Utah and the welfare of the Nation. The Opioid problem exploded to become a Crises and Epidemic during “Opioid Orrin’s” watch and his patronage of Big Pharma.
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” H.D. Thoreau
Pursue and prosecute Hatch and his Hatchlings along with Big Pharma …
… In the alternative or in the least, name and shame them as unindicted co-conspirators.
… which was sponsored by Marino in the House and by Hatch in the Senate that ultimately undermined the Drug Enforcement Authority’s (DEA) ability to go after drug distributors.
From the Post, “In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.”
By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no end in sight.
In short, the bill made it more difficult for the DEA to stop drug distribution companies who were potentially supplying pills to doctors and pharmacists who then sold the drugs on the black market. While the DEA had been able to fine distributors making suspicious sales — often millions of pills at once — Hatch and Marino’s law made it nearly impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious shipments, according to the Post.
According to the report, the bill was the result of aggressive lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry.S.483 - 114th Congress (2015-2016)_ Ensuring Patient zAccess and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016
Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi says drug distributors pumped opioids into U.S. communities — knowing that people were dying — and says industry lobbyists and Congress derailed the DEA’s efforts to stop it
The Opioid problem exploded to become a Crises and Epidemic during “Opioid Orrin’s” patronage of Big Pharma.
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Pursue and prosecute Hatch and his Hatchlings along with Big Pharma …
… In the alternative, name and shame them as unindicted co-conspirators.
The Utah media have been sporadic in their reportage.
Utah has ranked top 10 in the nation for overdose deaths over the last 10 years.
Between 2013-2015, Utah ranked 7th in the U.S. for drug poisoning deaths, which have outpaced deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. http://health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/prescription-drug-overdoses/
Especially since Hatch is at the nexus, these are issues that should have been more vigorously followed, should have been more vigorously reported and should have been more vigorously pursued to resolutions favorable to the rule of law and good governance.
Yet … the Utah media have given up far too soon.
Will this be the media, legislators, litigators …
… by Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre
This past week U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) announced his retirement from the Senate at 83 years old.
(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:
1) Senator Hatch arbitrarily sealed …
… the completed report into the prescription opioid epidemic devastating every state in the country after it was submitted for publication by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
2) Hatch’s friend, Lynn R. Webster, MD …
… (named in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation report sealed by Hatch) had his pain clinic raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) several years ago after a rash of deaths under Webster’s care. The DEA conducted a four year investigation into the deaths of patients at Webster’s pain clinic. The agents documented that an entire file cabinet was labeled “deceased patients”. Shortly before Webster was to be charged for the deaths in his clinic, the investigation was halted. If any attorneys general or private law firms filing lawsuits throughout the country would like information into why charges were dropped, I am providing you with US Attorney John Huber of Utah’s email address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Huber is famous or should The Ole’ Buzzard have said “infamous” for issuing/loving Non Prosecution Agreements.)Webster settled individual lawsuits initiated by deceased patients families out of court and it was reported that he can no longer prescribe prescription opioids. Webster has now reinvented himself as pharma’s golden “recreational drug use clinical trial researcher.”
3) Hatch’s other friend is Perry Fine, MD …
… (also under investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee – report sealed by Hatch). Fine is associated with the School of Medicine, University of Utah. Fine was called as an “expert witness” in the late celebrity, Anna Nicole Smith’s suspicious death. During the trial, Dr. Fine said he believed Smith had a “high tolerance for drugs” but was “not addicted.” Ms. Smith was taking 1,500 pills/opioids. “She woke up and functioned from day to day,” Fine said. Here is my link to an article I wrote on Fine in 2012 and his attempt to admonish me. http://salem-news.com/articles/august122012/perry-fine-folo-ms.php
4) The American Pain Foundation …
… named in the US Senate Finance Committee investigation (and report sealed by Orrin Hatch) closed its doors within days of the launch of the Senate probe. Above is a photo of Perry Fine, MD presenting U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch with the American Pain Foundation’s Public Service Award.
5) The American Academy of Pain …
…Medicine named in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation (and report sealed by Orrin Hatch) had Lynn R. Webster, MD serve as past president.
6) The American Pain Society …
… named in the US Senate Finance Committee investigation (and report sealed by (Orrin Hatch) had Lynn R. Webster, MD in a leadership position.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch can be compared to the arsonist …
… who ravages people’s lives and homes in a community, but whose profession is “firefighter” all-the-while paid to put out fires he has caused.
Hopefully Hatch’s blatant obstruction of justice which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and addictions will result in attorneys general and law firms naming him as a defendant in lawsuits. He would be in good company with his pals Lynn R. Webster, MD and Perry Fine, MD who he has protected by sealing a critical report prepared by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
… they feed at the Federal and State troughs. Their inappropriate behavior and shameful conduct may not always be criminal. However, common sense and history demonstrate that if Hatch or any of his hatchlings or Goodfellas were presiding over an audience of citizens and one lone lobbyist … a lobbyist with deep pockets overflowing with cash … and all in the audience to include the lobbyist had their hands in the air to be recognized … the Goodfellas would call for the cash first. They would pander and pimp to the lobbyist first. A long history and the record speak the rest.
Goodfellas are …
much like “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight” … They are stumbling, bumbling, wannabe’ pretenders … little oligarchs … an unimpeded power elite enjoying a bottomless cornucopia of unprotected spoils … an aberrant, arrogant progeny of a fractured political system. They are conceived, nurtured and operate far removed from the original intent of the framers and founders of this Nation. They have subverted the “Rule of Law” and ravaged Benjamin Franklin’s vision and proposition that we could enjoy a “… republic if we could [sic] keep it.” The Goodfellas have infiltrated, permeated and presumed the right to manipulate every aspect of business, military, industry, finance, education , entertainment, law and religion. And … as a result of their control over financing our election processes and our own history of slavish submission … we are relegated to choosing between the horrible and the despicable at the ballot box. Finally, were it not for political interference, influence, compromise, and corruption … Investigators , Prosecutors and Judges would/could have more effectively and efficiently pursued the investigations, prosecutions and convictions of these Hatchlings and Goodfellas. “We have met the enemy and they are us!” Walt Kelly & Pogo
National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death“
Rounding it all up by “The Ole’ Buzzard”… “Statistically speaking, a gun is less likely to be involved in a crime than a U.S. Senator.”