AG Jeff Sessions announces new tools to address opioid epidemic


Source: CBS News

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 29: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) speaks as Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson (L) listens during a news conference at the Justice Department November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

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Last Updated Nov 29, 2017 12:10 PM EST

Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference at the Justice Department on Wednesday to announce new tools the department is undertaking to combat the nation’s crippling opioid crisis. 

In a joint effort, the DOJ and DEA announced three new initiatives they say will help combat what Sessions considers “the worst drug crisis in American history.”

The initiatives include:

Investments of $12 million in funding for state and local law enforcement partners to tackle heroin and methamphetamine issues 
Restructuring of the DEA’s Field Divisions for


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