AG Jeff Sessions Will Appear In Columbus To Talk Opioids

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak about opioids to local law enforcement and families impacted by the crisis on Wednesday.

Sessions will appear at the Columbus Police Academy at 11:45 a.m.

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a report Tuesday urging President Trump to declare a national emergency in response to the crisis.

In a recent speech at the 30th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference, Sessions advocated for tougher drug sentences, holding drug manufacturers accountable, and targeting drug traffickers. Sessions’ harsher sentencing approach runs contrary to former Attorney General Eric Holder’s efforts to reduce mandatory minimums among nonviolent, low-level offenders.

In a speech to federal, state, and local law enforcement in Richmond earlier this year, Sessions claimed medical marijuana may be overhyped and that marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin.

President Trump received some rebuke after a speech to law enforcement in Long Island last Friday, where he suggested police shouldn’t “be too nice” when arresting suspects.

The Columbus Police Academy is located at 1000 N. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204.

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