On Monday, President Donald Trump waged war on the opioid crisis in an address, laying out his plan to combat opioids. In that plan, Trump suggested harsher sentences and even the death penalty for drug traffickers.
President Donald Trump said that the federal government might even push for harsher legislation against pharmaceutical companies that add to the opioid crisis.
From Fox News:
Trump wants Congress to pass legislation reducing the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids. The death penalty would be pursued where appropriate under current law. Justice Department says the federal death penalty is available for several limited drug-related offenses, including violations of the “drug kingpin” provisions in federal law.
Trump reiterated an observation he has shared several times before — 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 whose actions could lead to thousands of overdoses can spend little or no time in jail.
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