Attorney general talks opioid scourge during Kentucky visit

January 30, 2018 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Kentucky to tout a new program that targets doctors who overprescribe opioids.

Sessions visited the U.S. attorney’s offices in downtown Louisville Tuesday morning to discuss efforts to curb drug abuse in areas where overdose deaths are surging.

Sessions says an estimated 64,000 Americans died of overdose in 2016. Sessions says that’s about the population of Bowling Green. The new program will focus on opioid-related health care fraud by using data to find out which doctors are prescribing the most drugs and whose patients are dying of overdoses. He says the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit will also target “hot spot” districts, including Kentucky.

Sessions also praised the police response to the fatal school shooting last week at Marshall County High School.