Trump urges lawsuit against opioid companies, tougher sentences for dealers

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, speaking at a summit hosted by the White House on the nation's opioid crisis.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, speaking at a summit hosted by the White House on the nation's opioid crisis. Hundreds of states, counties, and cities have sued drugmakers and distributors, saying that manufacturers have deceptively marketed opioids and distributors have failed to take action against indications the painkillers were diverted for improper uses. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would seek reimbursement from major drug companies and distributors to recoup costs from the opioid epidemic. The Justice Department will file a "statement of interest" in consolidated litigation on opioids. Trump complained that people dealing drugs did not face enough consequences in the United States. "Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty,” he said. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do." Trump did not specify the type of punishment he would like to see drug dealers face.