Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
President Donald J. Trump, this week, announced a sweeping new initiative to combat the national opioid crisis claiming thousands of lives across our country and in Florida. The nationwide plan will help stop the influx of dangerous drugs, treat addiction, raise awareness and upend the spread of this deadly epidemic.
This comprehensive approach addresses major factors fueling the opioid crisis—overprescribing, illicit drug supplies and limited access to prevention and recovery services. Reducing the supply of deadly opioids is a key component of the plan, with President Trump calling for increased drug interdiction efforts at land borders, ports of entry and water ways.
Stopping overprescribing is another crucial component in this nationwide effort. The President is committed to reducing opioid prescription fills nationwide by a third over the next three years. He is also supporting the research and development of innovative technologies designed to prevent addiction and decrease the use of opioids in pain management.
Finally, the President’s plan will help Americans struggling with addiction. It calls for expanding access to evidence-based addiction treatments, increasing services for veterans fighting addiction and expanding drug courts to offer offenders treatment instead of prison, when appropriate.
As a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I am pleased with the role we played in developing this nationwide initiative. This approach shows compassion for families hit by the crisis and zero-tolerance for those profiting from the death and destruction it causes.
I want to thank President Trump for his leadership combating the opioid crisis. Working together we can fight this epidemic and save lives across this great country.
Two Sentenced in Massive Heroin and Human Trafficking Case
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution secured the conviction and sentencing of Keith Hamlet, 47, and Edward Redmond, 32, for drug trafficking and racketeering. A jury convicted the defendants on charges related to trafficking large quantities of heroin and cocaine. At one point during the investigation, the defendants trafficked more than 100 grams of heroin weekly.
“These two monsters were involved in a massive drug and human trafficking ring that saturated Central Florida streets with heroin and cocaine, and even fed these addictive drugs to young trafficking victims to further coerce and exploit them for sex,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I applaud my Statewide Prosecutors Matthew Davenport and Gary Malak for a great job at trial and obtaining 25-year sentences to ensure these traffickers stay behind bars.” More.
Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on President Trump’s Initiative to Combat Opioid Abuse
Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s nationwide initiative to combat opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand:
“I want to thank President Trump for his leadership combating the opioid crisis and saving lives, and as a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, I am pleased with the role we played in developing this nationwide initiative. The President’s comprehensive approach will help stop the influx of dangerous drugs, treat addiction, raise awareness and hinder the spread of this deadly epidemic claiming approximately 175 lives in our country every day.”
Florida Attorney General Bondi and Utah Attorney General Reyes Joint Statement on Passage of H.R. 1865
Attorney General Pam Bondi and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, both leaders in the fight against human trafficking, issued the following joint statement commending the U.S. Senate passage of H.R. 1865:
“Today, we applaud the U.S. Senate for making the right decision and overwhelmingly passing H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, in a 97 to 2 vote. This legislation will significantly support all state attorneys general and state prosecutors in their effort to hold online sites accountable for supporting the sale of sex trafficking victims.
“We thank President Trump and his Administration for working closely and proactively with Members of Congress, including our dedicated Florida and Utah federal delegations, industry experts and human trafficking survivors in the fight to eradicate sex trafficking across the country and around the world.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi joining fellow members of The Florida Constitution Revision Commission in Tallahassee to deliberate proposals for the 2018 ballot.
Attorney General Bondi recognizes World Down Syndrome Day. The Attorney General is a proud aunt of a niece with Down syndrome, and asks everyone to celebrate the six million people worldwide with Down syndrome who add so much love and joy to our world.
Attorney General Bondi celebrates puppies all around the nation on National Puppy Day, especially her beloved dog Brody.