President Donald Trump is rolling out his new plans to combat the country's opioid epidemic on Monday during a speech in New Hampshire, according to CNN.
According to Trump, these plans include implementing stricter penalties for high-intensity drug traffickers, which may include the death penalty for some. Trump's long-awaited plan will focus on three main areas: law enforcement and interdiction, prevention and education through sizable advertising programs, and improving the ability to fund treatment through the federal government.
Trump has also expressed interest in helping those impacted by the epidemic find jobs, while also fighting their addiction.
President Trump isn't the only one who believes this is a major problem. Politicians in both parties, Democrat and Republican, have been trying to pass legislation to combat this national crisis.
In fact, Congress recently appropriated a mighty $6 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, and a senior administration official remarked to CNN that Trump's plan will explain precisely how this money should be spent.
Trump's plan seeks to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, according to Reuters.
“The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers when it’s appropriate under the current law,” said Andrew Brembert, Trump's director of the Domestic Policy Council.
The Trump administration hasn't pointed out exactly when it might seek to implement the death penalty for certain drug dealers. Current laws permit the use of the death penalty in certain drug cases including murder related drug trafficking offenses and murder committed during a drug-related drive-by shooting.
Trump has claimed that he seeks to continue to employ this option more. He has also repeatedly raised the issue that drug dealers are themselves often responsible for the death of thousands of people.
“We will be focusing on the penalty that I have been talking about previously, for the big pushers, the ones who killing so many people – and that penalty is going to be the death penalty,” Trump said.
“We have to be tough. We have to be smart. We have to change the laws and we’re working on that."
After delivering his speech, Trump returned to Washington.
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