Jeff Sessions To Address Opiates In Speech To Columbus Police

Aug 2, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to discuss the impact of the country's opioid epidemic during a speech Wednesday in Columbus.

Sessions is scheduled to speak at the Columbus Police Academy on North Hague Avenue at 11:45 a.m. The event will not be open to the public.

His address to police and family members of people affected by opiates comes as eight Ohioans are dying every day from accidental overdoses.

More than 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015 and experts believe the numbers have continued to rise.

Officials in Ohio say 3,050 people in the state died of overdoses in 2015.

In May, Sessions told federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most drug suspects.

The change undoes Obama administration policies aimed at easing prison overcrowding and showing leniency for lower-level drug offenders.