Jeff Sessions Says People Should ‘Tough It Out’ and Take Aspirin Instead of Opioids

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently shared his idea for solving the opioid crisis: aspirin, sleep and less marijuana.

Speaking at an event in Tampa on Tuesday to celebrate Ronald Regan’s birthday, Sessions said his goal for 2018 is to see a greater decline in the amount of opioids prescribed (he said last year there was a 7 percent decline).

“We think doctors are just prescribing too many. Sometimes you just need two Bufferin or something and go to bed,” Sessions said. “These pills become so addictive.”

Bufferin is an over-the-counter aspirin with antacid. Sessions said according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, a “huge percentage” of heroin addiction starts with opioid prescriptions.

“That may be an exaggerated number, they had it as high as 80 percent. We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs too,” Sessions said. “But we’ll see what the facts show, but we need to reduce the prescription abuse and hopefully reduce the addiction that’s out there.”

WATCH: Attorney General Jeff Sessions says his goal for 2018 is to see a further decline in prescriptions of opioids, and says, “we think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs.”

On Wednesday, Sessions doubled down on his previous remarks during a speech to Tampa law enforcement.

“I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids. People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out a little bit,” Sessions said, then cited White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as someone who refused to take painkillers after a surgery on his hand. “You can get through these things.”

Sessions’ remarks were met with criticism from the chronic pain community, who explained that pain relief isn’t always as simple as “taking aspirin and going to bed.”

To: @USAGSessions

As I’m one of those chronic pain sufferers, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), allow me to address the obviously ignorant AG, who has NO IDEA WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT!

Chronic pain sufferers are some of the TOUGHEST PEOPLE that you will ever encounter…

 

Little Jeff Sessions had obviously never been in chronic pain. Let him live a week with what I endure day in and day out. He’ll be singing a different tune. He should legalize marijuana for people in chronic pain so they can wean off of opiods.