The U.S. Attorney General announces a stepped-up prosecution effort to stop drug-abuse crimes in several cities with high addiction rates.

FOX's Gurnal Scott with more:

In Ohio's capital, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the rate of addiction-related deaths is staggering:

(Sessions) "On average one person in Columbus dies of a drug overdose every day."

Sessions says 12 federal prosecutors will fan out across the nation to states where addiction rates are high and deadly. Their goal: To target scams and health care fraud:

(Sessions) "Using data to identify and prosecute key individuals that are contributing to this opioid epidemic."

Sessions says more than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2015 with rates continuing to increase.

Gurnal Scott, FOX News.

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