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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to give speech in N.H. Thursday on the opioid crisis

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will give a speech on the opioid crisis Thursday in New Hampshire, a state that’s been ravaged by the nationwide overdose epidemic.

Sessions will “deliver remarks on the opioid and fentanyl crisis” at 2 p.m. inside the US District Court in Concord, the Justice Department said in an advisory.

The advisory didn’t provide further details on the content of Sessions’ speech.

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His visit comes after President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017.

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In March, Trump returned to New Hampshire, a state he referred to as a “drug-infested den” in 2017, to tout a plan for prevention that included cracking down on dealers and reducing opioid prescriptions.

More than 1,800 people have suffered fatal overdoses in New Hampshire since 2013, according to data released in January by the New Hampshire Drug Monitoring Initiative.

Nationally, more than 42,000 people died from opioids in 2016, which was more than any year and five times higher than what it was in 1999, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.

New Hampshire US Attorney Scott W. Murray’s office regularly trumpets its successful prosecutions of fentanyl peddlers.

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“Fentanyl traffickers pose a substantial risk to public safety,” Murray said in a recent press release announcing a dealer’s guilty plea. “Because this deadly substance has caused major damage to our community, we will work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for distributing fentanyl in the Granite State.”

Material from the New York Times was used in this report, and Matt Viser of the Globe Staff contributed to this story. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.