Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

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President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday. Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid planWants legislation reducing the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentencesPlan also includes education, awareness and treatmentRELATED: Florida Gov. Scott signing legislation to combat state’s opioid epidemic ▼It’s a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to be seen as tough on crime, has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.Trump also wants Congress to pass legislation reducing the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids, said Andrew Bremberg, Trump’s domestic policy director, who briefed reporters Sunday on the plan Trump is scheduled to unveil Monday in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis.The president will be joined by first lady Melania Trump, who has shown an interest in the issue, particularly as it pertains to her focus on child welfare.Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S. in 2016, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trump has declared that fighting the epidemic is a priority for the administration but critics say the effort has fallen short.Death for drug traffickers and mandatory minimum penalties for distributing certain opioids are just two elements under the part of Trump’s plan that deals with law enforcement and interdiction to break the international and domestic flow of drugs into and across the U.S.Other parts of the plan include broadening education and awareness, and expanding access to proven treatment and recovery efforts.Trump has mused openly in recent weeks about subjecting drug dealers to the “ultimate penalty.”The president told the audience at a Pennsylvania campaign rally this month that countries like Singapore have fewer issues with drug addiction because they harshly punish their dealers. He argued that a person in the U.S. can get the death penalty or life in prison for shooting one person, but that a drug dealer who potentially kills thousands can spend little or no time in jail.“The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness,” Trump said in Moon Township.He made similar comments at a recent White House summit on opioids. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty. And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” Trump said. “So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties.”Meanwhile in Florida Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing legislation to combat the state’s opioid epidemic.The governor is slated to sign the bill Monday in Bradenton. Manatee County saw the highest amount of deaths in the state from fentanyl analogs in 2015. Fentanyl analogs are usually prescribed for veterinary use and often 5,000 times more lethal than heroin.The opioids crisis – which claims the lives of at least 16 Sunshine State residents per day – was a top priority of the Republican governor and the Legislature.The bill imposes new restrictions on prescriptions, calls for $53.5 million in state and federal grant funding for treatment programs and updates the state’s prescription database.Most initial prescriptions would have a limit of three days, but doctors could prescribe up to seven days for acute pain exceptions.
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