President Donald Trump's administration will release a plan to combat the opioid crisis (which is really a fentanyl/heroin crisis) that will include a proposal to give the death penalty to certain classes of drug dealers.
Politico obtained two drafts of the plan, which is expected to be formally announced Monday. The White House plan calls for the death penalty in cases "where opioid, including Fentanyl-related, drug dealing and trafficking are directly responsible for death." The plan also suggests new law enforcement measures such as making mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers who knowingly trade in lethal drugs like fentanyl easier to invoke and a new task force to prosecute criminally negligent doctors, pharmacies, and other opioid providers.
President Trump has recently insisted that it's time for the federal government to crack down on illicit drug dealers.
“You kill 5,000 people with drugs because you’re smuggling them in and you are making a lot of money and people are dying. And they don’t even put you in jail,” Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend. “That’s why we have a problem, folks. I don’t think we should play games.” Trump cited the president of Singapore to make his point, noting that he had asked him if Singapore has a drug problem. "He said 'We have a zero tolerance policy. That means if we catch a drug dealer, death penalty,'" Trump said.