Justice Department urges Congress to rewrite law that handcuffed DEA's opioid enforcement

The Justice Department is calling on Congress to rewrite legislation that has undermined DEA's efforts against companies suspected of violating the law. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E.

The Justice Department is calling on Congress to rewrite legislation that has undermined DEA's efforts against companies suspected of violating the law. Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd wrote in a letter Wednesday that the Justice Department seeks to bring the law "more in line with the original intent of Congress." Boyd was responding to ­Rep. Greg Walden, (R-OR), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the opioid industry. "We believe the changes will make it easier to fight the opioid epidemic consistent with President Trump’s priorities to end this crisis," said Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores. The bill was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Walden said Friday that he would consider amending the legislation. "After 4 months of repeated requests, DOJ finally offered specific feedback to this committee’s questions, stating they believe the law does impede the DEA’s ability to do its job," the chairman said. "We appreciate their guidance and are actively working with DOJ and stakeholders to address their concerns." Since the passage of the law, DEA agents and investigators have said it neutered their most potent weapons against drug companies that fail to report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers from pharmacies.