The anti-opioid legislative plan that President Donald Trump wants to pass proposes tougher penalties for drug traffickers in the United States, including the death penalty in some cases.
According to Andrew Bremberg, a close adviser to Trump on internal policies, the president also wants Congress to pass legislation to reduce the amount of opioids needed by an offender to be subject to mandatory minimum sentences. .
President Trump himself is to present details of his plan Monday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the opioid crisis. For the occasion, he will be accompanied by his wife Melania, who has expressed in the past his interest in this crisis.
President Trump’s program would also include information and education campaigns on the dangers of opioids, better access to treatment and reintegration assistance.
Earlier in March, the president told an audience in Pennsylvania that Singapore has fewer problems with drug dependence than the United States because traffickers are severely punished.
Hunter Blair was born and raised in Chicago. As a journalist Hunter has contributed to NPR News Blog, The Herald and Readers Digest. In regards to academics, Hunter earned his sociology degree from University of Chicago. Hunter covers local news and culture stories here at NewsMaxi.