Sessions traveling to Maine to discuss opioid crisis

July 10, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to discuss the opioid and fentanyl crisis in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Sessions will deliver his remarks in Portland at the U.S. attorney’s office on Friday, a day after attending a similar event in New Hampshire.

Sessions unveiled a task force in February to address the drug crisis. Its first action was to lend support to local officials in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse crisis.

Maine saw 376 total overdose deaths in 2016, or more than one per day. That’s up from 272 in 2015. Full data isn’t available yet for 2017.

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