Justice Department alleges that health professionals, mostly in Appalachia, illegally dispensed 32 million pills.
Despite mounting deaths and warnings, the administration did not take extraordinary measures to confront an extraordinary crisis, experts say.
The drug wholesaler accused the DEA of using faulty methodology in suspending shipments.
Lawmakers see their support for a bill that weakened the DEA’s ability to go after opioid distributors being used against them by campaign opponents.
Five pharmaceutical distributors are accused of flooding small towns with powerful painkillers.
Five drug distributors will be questioned about how millions of pills flowed to West Virginia.
Republican lawmaker says he’s considering amending controversial law.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing a 45-day “surge” to identify outlier distributors and make arrests.
Investigators wanted a $1 billion fine and criminal charges brought against McKesson. Instead, they got a $150 million fine and no charges.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) was under fire in the wake of revelations in a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that the lawmaker helped steer legislation in Congress making it harder for the DEA to act against giant drug companies.