Trump urges federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

President Trump said Thursday he wants the Justice Department to bring a federal lawsuit against drug manufacturers who have contributed to the opioid crisis and urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to examine the flow of the drugs coming from China and Mexico.

The two countries, Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, are “sending their garbage and killing our people.” He specifically noted the flow of fentanyl coming from China and Mexico and urged Sessions to do whatever he can “from a legal standpoint.”

“It’s almost a form of warfare,” the president said.

Sessions told the president the Justice Department is continuing to explore “various different legal avenues to go after abusive companies.”

In October, Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency and instructed federal agencies to devote money and resources to fighting the epidemic.
Melissa Quinn, The Washington Examiner, August 16, 2018
Trump urges federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers