Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Supports Bill to Restore Drug Enforcement Agency’s Ability to Combat Opioid Crisis

Oct 19, 2017
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced his support for a bill which seeks to restore the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) ability to combat the opioid crisis.


The bill – H.R.4073 – is intended to reinstate the DEA’s authority to suspend distributor licenses by repealing a restrictive definition of “imminent danger” established by the previous law, the so-called Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016. The new legislation also provides the DEA additional authority to suspend a distributor’s license.


“At a time in our country when 91 people die every day of an opioid overdose, it is our responsibility to stop large drug companies from flooding our streets with prescription narcotics,” Rep. Nolan said. “We must protect our citizens from unscrupulous drug distributors who pump drugs into our communities to turn a profit. I strongly support measures to repeal the previous law and give the DEA the full authority it requires to combat the ongoing opioid crisis.”