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The proposed legislation from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would also prohibit companies from direct marketing of opioid products without adequate warning of their addictive properties and establish a reimbursement fund that would collect revenues from the penalties imposed. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues a proposed change for the DEA regarding distribution quotas, and Patrick Kennedy stands to profit from his advocacy for more spending on the opioid epidemic.

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“The job of CDC Director is very important to me," CDC Director Robert Redfield said. He took over the spot following the departure of Brenda Fitzgerald, who left amid controversy over tobacco stocks.

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The health system has several development projects in the hopper including more clinics and a pediatric primary-care office.

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Brittany Pettersen, now a Colorado lawmaker who is battling the crisis in her state with legislation to curb the epidemic, uses her mother's fight against addiction to shine a light on the toll drug problems take on loved ones.

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"We're demanding police accountability. We're demanding our health care institutions do more trauma-informed care within our communities," said Asadullah Awan, a medical student at the school and organizer for the event.

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