CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – The acting U.S. Attorney General visited Ohio Friday to talk about the opioid epidemic.
Matt Whitaker spoke with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, saying the drug crisis has claimed 70,000 American lives in a single year.
Whitaker announced the formation of the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force (ARPO).
“In fiscal year 2018, which ended in September, the DEA seized 70 percent more fentanyl than it had the year before. The DEA seized enough drugs to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States,” he said.
More fentanyl cases will be prosecuted at the federal level, and Whitaker says the DEA has stepped-up efforts to stop fentanyl from coming into the country.