He also said his administration will be "rolling out a policy" on opioids in the coming weeks that will be "very, very strong".
Trump said that he plans to present within the next three weeks a series of initiatives to combat opioid addiction, adding that he had spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the possibility of filing lawsuits - as hundreds of United States communities have done - against firms that make the powerful painkillers. "Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that". "They're addicted to painkillers, and they don't even know what happened".
"It's a problem that's growing".
"If you shoot one person, you get life in prison", Trump noted in his drug summit speech. "These people kill 1,000, 2,000 people, and nothing happens to them".
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"[Trump will] say, 'You know the Chinese and Filipinos don't have a drug problem".
"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty", he said.
The summit comes more than four months after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, though the decision faced criticism as it stopped short of a national emergency declaration that would have made an additional surge of federal funds available to address treatment and recovery efforts.
Trump's emphasis on criminal penalties stands in contrast to the focus on treatment by some of his Cabinet secretaries and many fighting the epidemic nationwide.
Numerous, similar lawsuits have been filed against companies that allegedly used false, deceptive or unfair marketing practices for prescription opioids.
In addition to creating PIL on Tuesday, Sessions announced the appointment of Mary Daly, a former USA attorney, as director of Opioid Enforcement and Prevention Efforts.