President Trump lashed out Thursday at China and Mexico for illegal opioids entering the US from the two countries — and called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against unnamed pharmaceutical companies that make them.
China and Mexico, the president said, are “sending their garbage and killing our people. It’s almost a form of warfare.”
Trump then asked Sessions to bring a federal lawsuit against certain companies that manufacture opioids rather than just joining state lawsuits against Big Pharma.
“I’d be very, very firm on that. It’s a disgrace and we can stop it,” Trump said.
Roughly 72,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses in 2017, most of them from opioids such as fentanyl and heroin. That’s up from about 63,000 the year before.
Trump has called the opioid crisis a national emergency, but the death toll has risen on his watch.
Several states as well as New York City have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, seeking billions in damages.
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