In a move to address the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, the Justice Department says it will target the prescription drug pipeline with a new focus on companies that manufacture and distribute the drugs.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a task force Tuesday that he said would coordinate a crackdown on illegal practices by manufacturers, distributors, doctors, pain management clinics and pharmacies.
The department will “use all available criminal and civil remedies” to hold manufacturers accountable, he said.
Sessions also said the Justice Department will file a “statement of interest” in litigation that dozens of cities, counties and states have filed in federal courts against the drug manufacturers and distributors. LA TIMES
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