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Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘top lethal issue’ in the US

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children at the KI Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Green Bay, Wis. (Adam Wesley/The Post-Crescent via AP)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay on Tuesday. (Adam Wesley/The Post-Crescent via AP)

GREEN BAY (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling the epidemic of drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urging everyone “create and foster a culture that’s hostile to drug use.”

Sessions delivered the remarks on Tuesday to the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children, which is holding its annual conference in Green Bay. Sessions told his audience that preliminary data show that nearly 60,000 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2016 — the largest number in the country’s history.

Sessions spoke for about 25 minutes and left without taking questions.

At one point, he accused Hollywood, the media and government officials for sending “mixed messages about the harmfulness of drugs.” He didn’t name any government officials.

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