White House to highlight administration anti-opioid efforts

White House to highlight administration anti-opioid efforts

Trump said that he plans to present within the next three weeks a series of initiatives to combat opioid addiction, adding that he had spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the possibility of filing lawsuits - as hundreds of U.S. communities have done - against firms that make the powerful painkillers. This is the President of the United States, by the way.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, arguing that the government must take a strong approach to combat an opioid addiction epidemic.

All across America, there is a huge problem with people selling opioids and the people buy them getting hooked on them and dying from overdoses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids - including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl - killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record.

"We have pushers and drug dealers that don't - I mean they kill hundreds and hundreds of people and majority don't even go to jail".

Last October, Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, stopping short of the full state of emergency declaration sought by an advisory board he empaneled. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do". "We're going to have a level playing field".

"If other countries are dumping their products on USA soil because they're subsidizing them, whether that's steel or aluminum, or anything else, this president has been very clear: We're going to have fair trade". Ben Carson. A discussion of law enforcement and drug interdiction efforts with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also planned.

Sessions and Trump's deteriorating relationship was on full display Wednesday after Trump tweeted that his attorney general's decision to refer questions to the inspector general was "disgraceful".

Speaking before to NPR before the start of the event, the nation's top doctor said he was a mission to raise awareness about the epidemic.

"Hopefully we can do some litigation against the opioid companies", President Trump said.