Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Donald Trump suggests death penalty for opioid dealers

President Donald Trump is looking into new policies that bring harsher punishments for drug dealers President Donald Trump is looking into new policies that bring harsher punishments for drug dealers
Melissa Porter | 05 March, 2018, 13:31

In a surprise visit to a White House summit on the crisis, Mr. Trump said his whole administration is working to defeat the scourge of painkiller and heroin abuse.

About 200 participants from outside the Trump administration will also attend, including representatives of nonprofits that handle addiction and recover, the report said.

However, Williams said he was encouraged to hear that Trump had spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about suing opioid makers.

The negative economic effect of the opioid crisis recently was estimated to be more than $1 trillion from 2001 through a year ago, primarily from a loss in earnings and productivity from victims of fatal ODs.

When comparing to other countries that enforce the death penalty on drug dealers, Trump said the US falls short.

"When you go to meetings like this, the greatest value is the interaction with other people from around the country", he said.

Still, the advocates said that is far short of what they had hoped when Trump declared an emergency, and they said they were interested to see what new information they could learn from the White House summit.

"We have had decades, now, of overprescribing that's led to overdose deaths", she told the Chamber of Commerce. "But the fact is we are a nation of law, and I don't believe that the death penalty resolves anything". He also said the Justice Department is expected to file a statement of interest in a lawsuit against a number of opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly using false, deceptive and unfair marketing of opioid drugs.

Opening the gathering in the East Room of the White House, the first lady read from a letter from Betty Henderson.

In January, Trump said: "We've never had a problem with drugs like we do, whether it's opioid or drugs in the traditional sense". "Some countries have a very, very tough penalty". Trump interacted with families at the summit in a compelling way, she said, that shows his attention to the issue. "Not so hard for some, believe it or not".

Trump raised the issue later that month as he signed legislation giving Customs and Border Protection agents new resources to stop the illicit drug flow.

KEITH: And until it's just as easy to get effective treatment as it is to get more drugs, Kolodny says way too many Americans will keep dying. And it's a step.

"And we're going to find the answer". I mean, what they're doing and the way, the distribution.

Information for this article was contributed by Jill Colvin of The Associated Press.