The U.S. Attorney General says tackling violent crime can start with ending the opioid epidemic.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement in Pennsylvania Monday about opioids and crime. From theft to keep an addiction funded, to organized and violent crime, the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration are working together on new initiatives they say will help combat the opioid crisis.
The deaths caused by drugs go far beyond just the overdose deaths, though those are huge," Sessions said. "Clearly, allowing drug trafficking organizations and gangs to grow rich and powerful will result in more violence and death."
Sessions says in 2016, 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose. That's one every 9 minutes.