US President Donald Trump suggests death penalty for drug traffickers

Kelvin Reese
March 5, 2018

Instead, he said his administration will be rolling out opioid policy "over the next three weeks" and told attendees that he and Sessions had talked about bring lawsuits against "some of these opioid companies". This is the President of the United States, by the way.

President Trump made an unexpected appearance at a White House summit on the opioid crisis Thursday afternoon, floating penalties for "opioid companies" and tougher punishments for drug dealers, noting that some countries have the "ultimate penalty".

The White House has indicated it would favor new rules to provide prisoners with more opportunities once they are no longer incarcerated, but has declined to back changes that would reduce mandatory minimums for drug offenders.

The summit served as the public debut of President Trump's new drug czar, Jim Carroll, who's been named acting secretary of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and featured a who's who of Cabinet officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the a year ago with publicly available data. "Take the gun first, go through due process second", Trump declared.

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Despite senior White House aides pledging to combat the opioid epidemic, some treatment advocates have not been impressed with the Trump administration's decisions, particularly on their decision to focus on the issue as a penal issue, not a medical one. It's a problem that's growing.

"So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties", Efe quoted Trump as saying. "I mean, what they are doing, the distribution". There were some well-known names among them, including former congresswoman Mary Bono, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who was a member of the president's opioid commission, the first lady of North Dakota Kathryn Helgaas Burgum who is herself recovering from opioid addiction and former Fox News personality Eric Bolling whose son died of an opioid overdose.

"Hopefully we can do some litigation against the opioid companies", Trump said at a summit hosted by the White House on the nation's opioid crisis.

But he added he also wants Americans to have hope.

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