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President Trump addresses the nation, the opioid crisis at the event in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Speaking of one of the States hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic, President Trump on Monday laid out a battle plan that calls for tougher prison sentences and even the death penalty for drug traffickers.
Trump called for expanded treatment options for the victims in Manchester, N. H., of speech, but leveled most of its emphasis on beefed-up enforcement. And he showered a lot of scorn on the people he believes are responsible for as many as more than 42,000 American deaths per year.
“These are terrible people, and we have to be hard with those people,” Trump said of the tractor and dealer. “It’s not about the committees… this is about winning to a very difficult problem.”
“The ultimate penalty, the death penalty,” Trump said, before musing, “maybe our country is not be ready for it.”
Trump wants the Congress to enact, legislation reducing the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentences for human traffickers, the knowledge spread occasions, certain illicit opioids. The death penalty would be pursued, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Ministry of justice, the Federal death penalty says is more limited drug-related crimes, including violations of the “drug kingpin” provisions in the Federal law.
Trump reiterated an observation that he released multiple times -that a person in the USA can have the death penalty or life in prison for shooting a person, but that a drug dealer, whose actions could lead to thousands of overdoses can, spend little or no time in prison.
The President said the Federal government may wish to consider aggressive actions against pharmaceutical companies are regarded as complicit in the crisis.
“Whether you are a trader or a doctor or a drug dealer or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddling these deadly poisons, we will find you and we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable,” Trump said.
Trump picked, Mexico, and China as the main sources of illicit opioids. A Drug Enforcement Administration report last year, said: “seizures, that China supplied lower volumes of high-purity fentanyl, wherein fentanyl seizures of Mexico are higher in volume but lower in purity.”
Smuggling operations that deal in both countries to try U.S. officials by selling over the Internet, and the sending of the substances, the change chemist for this drug dealer frequently to avoid detection by the U.S. postal service, U.S. officials have said.
Trump also announced a nationwide campaign to educate the public, and increased research and development in the framework of public-private partnerships between the federal National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies.
He announced a new website, Crisisnextdoor.gov where people share their stories about addiction. The hope is that the horror stories scare people away from behaviors that lead to addiction.
The Trump administration aims to see that the number of filled opioid prescriptions cut friction by one-third within three years.
A third part of the plan deals with the improvement of access to treatment and recovery programs that have proven to be effective. Many of the doctors, relatives of those who addiction, overdose, and people that have suffered, died, opioids have long been used for the treatment an important component of any campaign to combat the epidemic.
“Failure is not an option,” said the President. “Addiction is not our future. We liberate our country from this crisis.”
Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, killed more than 42,000 people in the United States in the year 2016, more than any other year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And a recent CDC report said that the number of people checking into the emergency room after overdose has increased by 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017.
“Drug traffickers have no respect for the human dignity and put their own greed before the safety and even the lives of others. Drug trafficking is an inherently violent and deadly business: if you want to collect a drug debt, they collect it with the barrel of a gun. As sure as night follows day, violence and death follow, drug trafficking, and murder is often a tool of drug dealers,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop responding. “The Department of Justice, we have the end of the drug epidemic is a priority. We will continue to pursue aggressive drug dealer, and we will demand with Federal law, the death penalty, wherever appropriate.”
“We can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic—we have tried, and ended up with an even larger addiction problem, and the world’s largest prison population,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, R-Ill., answered. “The war on drugs has not worked, in the 80s, and it won’t work now by the revival of the failed deterrence measures, such as the death penalty for drug dealers. Instead, we need to crack, the over-production and over-prescribing of painkillers, and the increase of the treatment for those who suffer from addiction—both the support of both parties in Congress have.”
Last October, Trump explained, to study the crisis of a national health crisis, short of a national emergency investigated by a presidential Commission that he put together the Problem.
To weigh now, Congress plans a series of bills aimed at curbing the epidemic. The bills cover everything from improving access to treatment, interceptions of shipments of illegal opioids of the way to the United States.
“With our recommendations is strongly and bipartisan, and they come very quickly,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Chairman of the Senate health, education, labor and pensions Committee, according to published reports.
Fox News’ Jason Thunder, Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for FoxNews.com and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente@Foxnews.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.