A "60 Minutes" - Washington Post investigation found that, at the height of the opioid crisis, Congress passed a law that may have allowed the epidemic to worsen. The bill, introduced in 2015, was promoted as a way to ensure patients had access to the medication they needed. But a former DEA official said the law made it hard to stop distributors from sending prescription drugs to "bad pharmacies and doctor's offices." The Washington Post's health and medicine reporter Lenny Bernstein, who co-authored his paper's report, joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington.
At the conservative Values Voters Summit this weekend, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon declared war on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment, further complicating President Donald Trump's effort to work with McConnell and Republicans in Congress on tax reform. Now the president is trying to reset his relationship with Senate GOP leaders. CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman reports.
A justice department memo shows 65 doctors, pharmacies and drug companies received suspension orders in 2011, before the new opioid law went into place. The DEA has issued no suspension orders against a distributor for nearly two years. The agency says in a statement it will continue to "use all the tools at our disposal to combat this epidemic." CBS News correspondent Paula Reid reports.
An investigation found the drug industry contributed at least $1.5 million to 23 lawmakers who co-sponored the bill, weakening enforcement laws at the height of the opioid epidemic. Congressman Tom Marino, the chief advocate for that bill, is now President Trump's nominee to be federal drug czar. CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes is on Capitol Hill with more information about the bill and its key sponsors.
Lawmakers face tough questions over an explosive "60 Minutes" report, finding Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration during the height of the opioid crisis. The investigation with the Washington Post highlights the impact of a new law, sponsored by Republicans and approved by Democrats.
After watching a Congress controlled by his own party fail to muster any major legislative victories, President Trump decided to take matters into his own hands this week. Mr. Trump used an executive order to strip a key provision from the Affordable Care Act and declined to recertify the nuclear deal with Iran. Errol Barnett reports.