Trump pushes death penalty for some drug dealers

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He added, "I am disappointed that President Trump felt the need to. encourage prosecutors to seek the death penalty against drug dealers".

President Donald Trump today said Lawrence is one of the primary contributors to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.

Mr. Trump said a nationwide campaign to highlight the dangers of drug use is coming, while first lady Melania Trump highlighted her push to help babies who need treatment for withdrawal because their mothers used opioids.

He said: 'Some of these drug dealers will kill thousands of people during their lifetime.

He said that opioids are now killing 116 Americans of overdoses every day, with New Hampshire experiencing an overdose rate more than double the national average.

Trump, who previous year declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency, said he would start a public awareness campaign to reduce Americans' dependence on the drugs.

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The Trumps are traveling to New Hampshire where the president is scheduled to deliver remarks about the ongoing opioids crisis at Manchester Community College.

Indeed, because they are the quintessential rational actors, presumably highly sensitive to deterrents, there is a stronger case for dealing harshly with prescription company executives than underground economy drug traffickers.

Mrs. Trump spoke about her visits to hospitals and clinics that help children who were born addicted to opioids.

Education and making it easier to access treatment were the two areas Quashen said are the biggest ways to stop the crisis.

His 3-part plan includes multiple steps to raise awareness, cut the illicit drug flow and expand proven treatment options.

Trump also wants Congress to pass legislation reducing the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids, said Andrew Bremberg, Trump's domestic policy director, who briefed reporters Sunday on the plan Trump is scheduled to unveil Monday in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis and that he once referred to as "drug infested". "I am all for punishing drug dealers, but I'm not for pushing the death penalty". "And what we're seeing is doctors, based on the perception that they are drug dealers, cutting people off without appropriate planning or understanding of how to manage withdrawal".

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The Justice Department said the death penalty is available for violating "drug kingpin" provisions in the federal code.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose killed roughly 64,000 Americans in 2016 alone, more than the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam War. It's unclear whether those provisions are constitutional, however, following a 2008 Supreme Court decision that struck down the death penalty in cases where "the crime did not result, and was not meant to result, in the victim's death". "I think it's an offense to the people who are really trying to solve this problem".

The president declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in October, but has been criticized for offering little action to back his rhetoric. "This is no longer somebody else's community, somebody else's kid, somebody else's co-worker".

Meanwhile, the president's daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, spent Monday discussing infrastructure and workplace development in Iowa, which traditionally holds the first presidential nominating caucus.

It is unclear how this new plan will affect federal prosecutions.

The White House visits to politically potent states come as Trump faces a potential primary challenge within his own party. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a persistent Trump critic.

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