Details emerge about President Trump's plan to combat opioid epidemic

Details emerge about President Trump's plan to combat opioid epidemic

The Trump administration announced Sunday it will seek the death penalty for drug traffickers where appropriate under current law.

Trump's long-awaited plan will focus on three areas: Law enforcement and interdiction, prevention and education through a sizable advertising campaign, improving the ability to fund treatment through the federal government, and help those impacted by the epidemic find jobs while fighting addiction, Bremberg and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said.

Trump has mused openly in recent weeks about subjecting drug dealers to the "ultimate penalty".

President Trump's plans to crack down on the opioid epidemic include seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging members of Congress to enact tougher sentencing laws for drug traffickers, according to Reuters.

The official did not offer greater detail on how the death penalty could be invoked against drug dealers without amending statutes.

During Sunday's call with reporters, a senior White House official called out the Obama administration, arguing that it insufficiently prosecuted traffickers.

"Right now, possession of these drugs is nearly always a federal crime", the official added.

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The documents do not say why Cruz was not committed under the Baker Act or whether he may not have qualified for other reasons. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, as well as 17 counts of attempted murder.

"His plan will address, and he will address, the stiffening of penalties for the people who are bringing the poison into our communities", the official added. "So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties". A senior administration official said that the administration "has not taken a position in support of that intervention" at this time because they "have not seen clear and convincing evidence" that these sites reduce overdose deaths. Officials from the Justice Department and Domestic Policy Council researched proposals to make trafficking large amounts of synthetic opioids a capital crime. "You kill 5,000 people with drugs because you're smuggling them in and you're making a lot of money and people are dying". Thousands of people are killed, or their lives are destroyed. "They catch a drug dealer, they don't even put them in jail".

Watch it live White House officials plan to livestream Trump's remarks in Manchester, tentatively scheduled to start at 2:40 p.m.

Death for drug traffickers and mandatory minimum penalties for distributing certain opioids are just two elements under the part of Trump's plan that deals with law enforcement and interdiction to break the worldwide and domestic flow of drugs into and across the U.S. That characterization emerged in news reports about a conversation the president had with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto last August, in which Trump complained vociferously about illicit drugs flooding across the United States' southern border.

The president will unveil his plans Monday during an event in New Hampshire, which he has previously referred to as a "drug-infested den".

The crackdown comes amid spiraling death rates from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid believed to be responsible for 63,000 deaths in 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. And since 1999, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled.

Cutting off the supply of opioids is just one branch of the plan Mr. Trump will discuss in New Hampshire. He'll be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.

As for the ad campaign, both are coming at it differently, the official said.

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