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Trump Jeff Sessions says to sue opioid makers
In the latest salvo against the opioid crisis, President Trump state attorney General Jeff Sessions asked to bring Federal lawsuits against certain pharmaceutical companies; FBN ‘ s Blake Burman reports from the White house.
Call opioids in the United States from China and Mexico, “almost a form of warfare,” said President Trump on Thursday, state attorney General Jeff Sessions demanded to investigate foreign sources of fentanyl, he said: “they kill our people.”
Speaking during a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday, Trump also took the unusual step meetings file, pushed for a “big” new action against opioid suppliers and manufacturers, rather than existing claims of the States concerned by the spread of the highly addictive, deadly drug.
“It is almost a form of warfare,” Trump said, referring to the drugs he was as “garbage”, flows in the country. “I would be very. It is a shame, and we can stop it.”
TRUMP EXPLAINED THE ABUSE OF THE WAR ON OPIOID, CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG DEALERS
Trump added: “I would also like to ask you a huge lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies on opiods. Some States have done it, but I would like to be charged with a lawsuit against these companies, the really opiods send on a level-it really shouldn’t happen. … People go to the hospital with a broken arm, come on, you are a drug addict.”
More than 1,000 complaints from more than a dozen States have already signed up nationwide against manufacturers and distributors in recent months in the midst of the opioid epidemic.
Earlier this week, New York is suing the makers of prescription opioid pain relievers oxycodone already, says Purdue Pharma both patients and physicians has been misled about the dangers of their drug.
In June, Massachusetts, complained of Purdue and its executives, accusing the company of fueling the deadly drug, abuse, crisis, and turning a “web of illegal deceit”, in order to increase the profits.
The lawsuit, which the state attorney general said was the first of the names of the executives of the company in connection with opioid-related deaths, came to Purdue was already on the defense against lawsuits from several other States and local governments.
Other companies, in litigation with States, the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva Pharmaceuticals, as well as distributors. The suits include claims in the rule that the drug makers have incorrectly downplayed the addictive qualities of their drug, and that distributors have negligently handled their shipments.
Sessions said he would be compliance with the President’s requests.
“We are absolutely,” sessions said Thursday. “We return now charges against dealer from China; we have certain companies, the drugs from China, fentanyl in particular. We have to face, China … Most of it goes to Mexico and then across the border, illegally, from Mexico.”
There were no signs of tension in the room, even if the attorney General was a target of Trump’s ire in the last few days. On Saturday, the trump called the Sessions “scared stiff and missing in action,” in the midst of his constant frustration with the Russian probe, and the associated requests.
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“In China, you have to send some pretty large companies, the waste and kill our people.”
Last October, the White house declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and the trump administration has undertaken steps to combat the national problem.
Trump’s plan, which he discussed, in March, includes tougher penalties for drug traffickers and reduce the quantity of drugs required to trigger met the mandatory minimum for drug Dealer. The President specifically asked to keep track of the Ministry of justice, more death penalty cases against drug traffickers, and also pushed for more support from the Federal government for drugs that reverse the effect of opioid-overdose.
Last year, Trump reportedly the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for his government praised the crackdown on drug users, saying he has done an “incredible job on the drug problem.” Human rights organizations have reported that more than 10,000 people have been killed, as part of the Duterte’s efforts to stop the spread of the deadly drug in the country, the observers say, without regard to due process rights.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 115 Americans die every day from opioid-related deaths involved. Opioids, including prescription and heroin, killed 42 000 people in the United States in the year 2016.
Overall, drug overdose deaths in the year of 2017 increased to 72,000, up almost 6,000 from 2016. Preliminary data from the year 2018, however, suggested that the numbers may Trend down in the Wake of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the epidemic.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Bradford Betz, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.