The Breakdown - federal drug czar nominee

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the war on drugs is out of the picture on the same day the federal government announced big news on how super-powered opioids are reaching cities like Houston.




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Drug czar has never been an official title, but It is the nickname for whoever is handling drug abuse in the U.S.
There have been a handful of them throughout the years, dating back to Harry Anslinger who in the 1930s, basically laid the groundwork for making marijuana an illegal substance.

President Trump wants an opioid czar. He wanted Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino, but on Sunday, "60 Minutes" featured a story on Marino.

"I did see the report and we're going to look into the report," said President Trump. "We're going to take it very seriously."

The "60 Minutes" said that Marino supported a law a few years ago that made it more difficult to stop opioid shipments. It was signed by President Obama. It also stated that Marino took millions of donor dollars from drug companies, which The Washington Post also covered.

On Reddit, The Washington Post said Marino not only didn't comment to them, but called Capitol Police on its reporter.

The President said he would look into the option of dropping Marino as a nominee, but Marino stepped down as a nominee on his own on Monday.

President Trump tweeted about it, calling Marino "a fine man."

One in three Americans used prescription opioids as of 2015 and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, says 90 Americans die from the drugs every single day.

Oxycontin, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine and Fentanyl are legal medications, but ones that the federal government says makes you 40 times more likely to get addicted to heroin.

The federal government named 21 people in an indictment for bringing Fentanyl to American streets. Fentanyl is hundreds of times stronger than herioin. Two of the people indicted are Chinese nationals tied to drug factories overseas, importing the stuff through China and Canada and selling it online to Americans, and even altering the chemical makeup of the drug to constantly avoid U.S. legal concerns. Federal agents tied them to more than a hundred opioid distributors.

Rural communities are calling opioids the new AIDS, so the President is under as much pressure as ever to find that next drug czar.

"He is going to make sure that he has all the right players in place to help combat which is truly a national epidemic," says President Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway.

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