By Mary C. Piemonte
In an attempt to rid Americans of further opioid addiction, earlier today, President Donald Trump put drug traffickers on notice of their impending deaths if caught.
“Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable.” said Trump.
Trump urged Congress to toughen sentencing laws for dope sellers and pushers, who he declared have killed and destroyed people lives, saying it was time to get tough on them. And he added that not doing so would be a waste of time.
“These are terrible people, and we have to get tough on those people, because we can have all the Blue Ribbon committees we want, but if we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time. Just remember that. We’re wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty,” Trump said.
“So if we’re not going to get tough on the drug dealers who kills [sic] thousands of people and destroy so many people’s lives, we are just doing the wrong thing. We have got to get tough. This isn’t about nice anymore. This isn’t about committees. This isn’t about let’s get everybody and have dinners, and let’s have everybody go to a Blue Ribbon committee and everybody gets a medal for, frankly, talking and doing nothing. This is about winning a very, very tough problem. And if we don’t get very tough on these dealers, it’s not going to happen, folks. It’s not going to happen. And I want to win this battle,” Trump added.
According to Trump’s estimation, this extreme tactic will make way for “a drug-free generation of American children.”
“Defeating this epidemic will require the commitment of every state, local, and federal agency. Failure is not an option. Addiction is not our future. We will liberate our country from this crisis. Never been like this. Hundreds of years — never been like this,” Trump added.
Steps the Trump administration is taking in an continual attempt to rectify the deadly situation include addressing the problem of over-prescribing to prevent addiction, in which drug companies would face “major litigation” by the U. S. Department of Justice.
He also proposes cutting nationwide opioid prescriptions by one-third over the next three years as well as making sure that virtually all prescriptions reimbursed by the federal government follow best practices for prescribing “to ensure that opioid addiction is not subsidized by the American taxpayer.”
In an attempt to keep people from getting hooked on drugs to begin with, Trump proposes “spending a lot of money on great commercials showing how bad it is to take drugs,” which he added is “the best way to beat the drug crisis.”
“And this has been something that I’ve been very strongly in favor of: spending a lot of money on great commercials showing how bad it is, so that kids seeing those commercials during the right shows on television or wherever — the Internet — when they see these commercials they — ‘I don’t want any part of it.’
“That’s the least expensive thing we can do, where you scare them from ending up like the people in the commercials. And we’ll make them very, very bad commercials. We’ll make them pretty unsavory situations. And you’ve seen it before, and it’s had an impact on smoking and cigarettes. You see what happens to the body; you see what happens to the mind,” said Trump.
President Trump also announced a new website, CrisisNextDoor.gov, “where Americans can share their stories about the danger of the opioid addiction and addictions.”
President Trump’s full remarks here.
The numbers around drug addiction in America “are staggering,” according to the Trump administration.
A few weeks prior to this announcement, the Trump administration on March 1, 2018 reported that “addiction is no new phenomenon for America. But the landscape of addiction today looks different. In 2016 alone, drug overdose deaths exceeded the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam War. And the majority of these drug overdose deaths—roughly two-thirds—now involve an opioid.
Read more here for statistics on the estimated numbers of drug addicts, overdoses, and age ranges of those having a substance use disorder, along with the President’s proposed Federal Budget requests and other Trump administration plans to win the opiods war.
President Trump’s 2017 Commission Report on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Last October, the Trump administration declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. And his Commission on combating “the incredible crisis of opioids” issued 56 recommendations that his administration agreed with.
Read the full Commission’s 2017 Report on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis here.
Additionally last year, “the Department of Justice prosecuted more than 3,000 defendants in cases involving opioids, all of the trafficking, and the related crimes — 3,000 cases — including a pharmacist, a physician’s assistant, and an opioid trafficker…”
“Should have been done a long time before. Since then, we’ve worked with Congress to ensure at least 6 billion additional dollars, going through right now, in new funding in 2018 and 2019 to combat the opioid crisis. And we will be spending the most money ever on the opioid crisis,” Trump said last year.
Video of President Trump talking about Opioid Crisis on October 26, 2017.