As US opioid crisis grows, Trump calls for death penalty for dealers

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Kevin Ring, president of Families against Mandatory Minimums, which campaigns against sentencing they see as overly harsh, said Trump's plan calling for stiffer sentences or seeking the death penalty against drug dealers, was merely "doubling down on a failed strategy".

President Donald Trump spelled out in new detail several steps he favors to fight a USA epidemic of opioid abuse, including the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that has gained little support from drug abuse and judicial experts.

Trump said the Department of Justice would be bringing "major litigation" against some drug companies.

Mr. Trump said a nationwide campaign to highlight the dangers of drug use is coming, while first lady Melania Trump highlighted her push to help babies who need treatment for withdrawal because their mothers used opioids.

"Every day, sanctuary cities release unsafe individuals, drug dealers, traffickers, gang members back into our communities".

Last week Mr Flake, speaking in New Hampshire, publicly accused Mr Trump of presiding over a "degradation of the United States and her values".

Pursuing the death penalty is part of a broader strategy the White House outlined Monday to combat the opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 people in 2016 and likely worsened past year.

"If you compare our drug prices to other countries in the world, in some cases it's many times higher for the exact same pill or whatever it is, in the exact same package made in the exact same plant", Trump said during a speech on the nation's he opioid addiction crisis.

One element of the plan includes applying the federal death penalty to drug traffickers where applicable under current law.

The proposals will also seek to help those addicted to opioids by expanding access to treatment facilities.

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The president's plan calls for the Justice Department to seek the death penalty against drug traffickers "where appropriate under current law".

Education and making it easier to access treatment were the two areas Quashen said are the biggest ways to stop the crisis. He also called for the death penalty for large-scale drug traffickers.

"The ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty", he said.

"The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness", Trump said in Moon Township.

"Together we will end the scourge of drug addiction in America once and for all", Trump said to a cheering audience of more than 350 at Manchester Community College.

Opioids, including prescription painkillers, 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. The administration's goal is to cut by one-third the number of opioid prescriptions that are filled across the country over the next three years. He said he wants to address the problem of over-prescribing and boost research of non-addictive painkillers. The president claimed punishments should be similar to that of murder in the first degree, life in prison or the death penalty.

He said there was little evidence that tougher sentencing reduced the availability of street drugs.

In October, he declared the crisis a public health emergency, but without providing more money.

Meanwhile, the president's daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, spent Monday discussing infrastructure and workplace development in Iowa, which traditionally holds the first presidential nominating caucus.

"I'm certain that Trump will draw a serious primary challenger", Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, told The Post. He won the state's 2016 Republican presidential primary but narrowly lost in the general election to Hillary Clinton.

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