According to several articles published in the past couple of weeks, Donald Trump has expressed his desire to make selling opioid punishable by the death penalty said a senior White House staff. Trump is obviously thinking way out of the box, but at least thinking, about what to do about opioid crisis our country is facing.
Officials said it would include a nationwide goal of reducing opioid prescriptions being filled by one-third within three years. Trump also made it clear that he doesn’t plan on backing any of the safe injection sites that are being adopted in some cities in order to combat overdose deaths.
As far as creating a law that would give opioid street dealers the death penalty, in a conference call with reporters it was made clear that it is just an idea at this point. Trump hasn’t worked out the details of the law up until this point. The president has been criticized for suggesting penal solutions to the opioid crisis rather than emphasizing the public-health component.
White House officials, however, said the plan to be unveiled in New Hampshire will stress education and prevention, halting the flow of illegal drugs, and bolstering drug treatment and recovery. The goal is also to reduce opioid prescriptions being filled by one-third within three years nationally, leaving many people who have real pain issues worried more than ever that before long they may have to face a life of pain without their medication.
Some details of the plan are to be unveiled during Trump’s scheduled visit Monday to New Hampshire, which has been hit hard by the opioid crisis. It will be Trump’s first visit as president to the state, which ranks third nationally in the rate of drug overdose deaths.
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