Attorney General Sessions speaks on efforts to reduce crime and fight opioid crisis

01/30/2018 11:44 AM

LOUISVILLE- Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a stop at the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Louisville on Tuesday to discuss ongoing efforts by the Department of Justice to reduce violent crime and fight the opioid crisis.

Sessions said violent crime increased by nearly seven percent from 2014-2016 as the country is in the midst of the worst drug crisis in history. He said in 2016, an estimated 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose.

“Sadly, Louisville knows this all to well,” Sessions said. “The murder rate doubled in Louisville in just years. And in December, the Major City Police Chiefs Association of America ranked Louisville as the 11th most dangerous city in the United States. Meanwhile, more people are dying from drug overdoses than ever before. More than 1,400 Kentuckians died of overdoses in 2016. Nearly half of these deaths were the result of Fentanyl and a third involved heroin.”

Session went on to speak about the Department of Justice’s work to decrease the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky.

“In November, the DEA reorganized its field divisions for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Louisville field office is now upgraded to become the Louisville Field Division, with jurisdictions over Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. “

Sessions also announced the DEA will surge Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, and Intelligence Research Specialists to focus on pharmacies and prescribers who are dispensing high levels of drugs.

During his remarks, Sessions spoke of the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School last week.

“This morning Amy Hess, the FBI Special Agent in Charge for Louisville, briefed me on the shooting, and I want you to know that this Department will do whatever we can to be of assistance. Our FBI experts are some of the best but there are no easy answers.” he said.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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