Jeff Sessions says ‘tough it out’ for pain- gives ridiculous substitute for opioids (w/responses)

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On Wednesday, during a speech to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa Bay, Attorney General Jeff Sessions shared his solution to the opioid crisis. He suggested that those in pain should take some aspirin and “tough it out.”

Sessions was there to talk about the administration’s attempt to solve the opioid crisis. Sessions also criticized doctors for giving their patients too many addictive painkillers.

Sessions stated, “I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids.” He continued, “People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out.”

He then continued to talk about how White House Chief of Staff John Kelly didn’t take any opioids after a recent minor surgery.

He said while imitating Kelly’s voice, “He goes, ‘I’m not taking any drugs.’ But, I mean, a lot of people — you can get through these things.”

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In the same speech, he criticized marijuana as a gateway drug for people to get addicted to opioids. However, studies prove otherwise.

According to a 2016 study, there were significantly decreased opioid overdose deaths in states that had legalized medical marijuana.

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