The Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are slated to unveil new tools to combat the nation’s opioid crisis at 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting DEA Administrator Robert Patterson are to announce more than $12 million in grants to help local law enforcement stem the manufacturing and flow of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids in communities, according to the Department of Justice.
More than 64,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, roughly one-third were linked to use of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that largely flows into the United States from manufacturers based in China, federal officials have said.
According to a recent poll from PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll, roughly six out of 10 Americans do not think President Donald Trump has done enough to combat this epidemic. On Oct. 26, Trump declared opioid use a public health crisis, but has yet to appropriate new money for it.