Opioid Investigation on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is accusing the DEA of blocking an investigation into the causes of the opiate epidemic. 

During a Thursday news conference, members of a congressional committed presented blacked out pages of information redacted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA does have the power to suspend the licenses of pharmaceutical distributors suspected of illegally doling out pills.

Lawmakers requested information from a handful of pharmaceutical distributors who they say are cooperating with the investigation.

"You can't go to a community and find someone that hasn't been impacted by the opioid crisis," says Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS).

In a statement the DEA said it has provided information to the committee and will continue working with members during the investigation.

But lawmakers say it's not enough and they will push forward with their effort to find answers.


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