2016 saw highest drug death toll in US history, AG Sessions says
Published time: 30 Aug, 2017 12:12
US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has said that current opioid crisis is one of the top “lethal issues” in the country, as last year America faced record drug death toll. The crisis also kills and hurts kids, while some are born dependent on drugs.
Speaking at the conference of National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children on Tuesday, Sessions said that about “60,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses” in 2016. In previous year the death toll was 52,000, according to Sessions, and this year showed “a big increase.”
“That will be the highest drug death toll and the fastest increase in that death toll in American history,” Session stated, adding that “this is not a sustainable trend nor an acceptable America.”