Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump all set to call for death penalty for drug peddlers

Donald Trump all set to call for death penalty for drug peddlers

Mr. Trump will also urge Congress to lower the threshold to use mandatory minimum sentences on opioid dealers, and will look for tougher criminal sentences on traffickers of certain drugs, such as fentanyl.

Congress recently appropriated $6 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, and the official said Trump's plan will also lay out how the administration believes that money should be spent.

Since President Trump has talked about the death penalty for drug dealers for a long time and is reportedly impressed by Singapore and the Philippines, two countries where drug dealers are executed, what would have to happen to make this possible in the United States?

Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in the 2016, more than any other year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In recent weeks the president, who aims to be seen as tough on crime, has been highlighting his preference for the "ultimate penalty" for drug dealers. Remember what I said, they don't want it to be approved.

In New Hampshire, 39 people per 100,000 died of opioid drug overdoses in 2016 - the third-highest rate in the country.

The Federal Drug Kingpin Act allows federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in cases when someone is intentionally killed during a drug deal or in furtherance of a drug enterprise.

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

"They're safe havens for just some awful people, some bad people", Trump said.

According to CNN, the president's three-pronged approach to combat the problem includes stiffer penalties for traffickers - including, potentially, the death penalty. Public health leaders also condemned Trump's call for tougher law enforcement measures as a throwback to the tactics of the 1980s and '90s, which focused on criminalizing drug abuse rather than expanding treatment options.

The nondisclosure agreements, said a person who signed the document, "were meant to be very similar to the ones that some of us signed during the campaign and during the transition".

Drug laws related to possession will also be tightened under Trump's plan. "So, you know, in this time of great need, Manchester needs more than promises".

Monday's event marks Trump's first trip back to the first-in-the-nation primary state - and the state that that introduced the businessman-turned-politician to the opioid scourge - since he won the presidency.

Unlike employees of private enterprises such as the Trump Organization or Trump campaign, White House aides have First Amendment rights when it comes to their employer, the federal government.

Doctors and experts on the front lines of the epidemic whose supply has been depleted have asked for additional naloxone from the federal government since Mr. Trump took office.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters onboard Air Force One on Monday that the Post's report was "completely false".

Some in the state were offended a year ago when Trump described the state as a "drug-infested den".

"The best way to beat the drug crisis is to keep people from getting hooked in the first place", Trump said.

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