Opioid Crisis

Trump Calls On Justice Department to Sue Opioid Companies

8/16/18
from The Wall Street Journal,
8/16/18:

Trump asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring federal lawsuit, separate from state and local litigation against drugmakers.

President Trump on Thursday called on his attorney general to sue opioid companies, his latest move in an administration-wide effort to combat the opioid epidemic. In a cabinet meeting Thursday at the White House, Mr. Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring federal lawsuits against certain companies supplying opioids to hospitals, rather than joining state lawsuits. He also charged Mr. Sessions with investigating fentanyl coming from China and Mexico, countries he said were “sending their garbage and killing our people.” “It’s almost a form of warfare,” Mr. Trump said. Mr. Sessions said he would follow Mr. Trump’s request. “I’d be very firm on that,” Mr. Trump added. “It’s a disgrace and we can stop it.”

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