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Donald Trump initiates fight against the opioid drug crisis in US

"We'll be suing certain drug companies for what they've done with the opioids and we'll be bringing suits at a federal level," Trump told reporters.


Reuters United States
Updated: 24-03-2018 18:56 IST
Donald Trump initiates fight against the opioid drug crisis in US

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases. (Image Credit: Flickr)

US President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will be suing some drug companies as part of its fight against the opioid drug crisis, without giving more detail.

"We'll be suing certain drug companies for what they've done with the opioids and we'll be bringing suits at a federal level," Trump told reporters at the White House days after outlining several steps to combat the epidemic.

Recently, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," says the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.

His mandate to prosecutors followed a plan announced by President Donald Trump earlier this week that called for executing opioid dealers and traffickers, and for stiffer sentencing laws for opioid trafficking.

The call for greater use of the death penalty in federal drug cases has already sparked a backlash from criminal justice reform groups. They say it is the wrong response to a public health crisis and harks back to the 1980s-era war on drugs policies that led to racial disparities in prosecutions.

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