At opioids summit, Trump suggests executing drug dealers to help end crisis

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Despite reports at the time suggesting Trump would love such a policy but felt it unlikely that he would find widespread support for executing drug dealers, he clearly felt the idea had enough merit to mention at the summit. "These people [who sell drugs] can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them".

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty".

We can teach people, including young people, about drugs in a manner that allows them to make well-informed choices about drug use and if the choice is to use drugs, to do so in a safer manner.

While the president didn't outright advocate for the use of the death penalty for drug dealers, he compared the USA justice system to other countries where it is used. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are in the midst of the "worst drug overdose epidemic in history".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the past year with publicly available data. She said that she is proud of the accomplishments the administration has made on the issue, but also that there is more work to be done.

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"The administration's gonna' be rolling out policy over the next three weeks and it'll be very, very strong", the president said.

Authoritarian measures won't solve the intractable problems like gun violence or the opioid crisis, Trump needs to remember that he's the president of the greatest democracy in the world and not the dictator of a Third World dictatorship.

The administration, however, has lagged behind public demand for resources and treatment for the opioid epidemic in the eyes of many advocates.

The comments follow Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Feb. 28 announcement of a new Department of Justice task force launched to increase scrutiny on opioid makers and distributors.

The president has previously said the crisis affects the entire country.

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The officials updated the country on how they are tackling the epidemic. This is the President of the United States, by the way.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The White House summit on opioids started with remarks from first lady Melania Trump.

Trump last fall declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. "So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties". And we need to use this funding we're getting to build up more medically assisted treatment facilities.

"So we're going to sign this". "If you want to be weak and talk about just blue ribbon committees, that is the not answer".

Addressing a meeting of lawmakers at the White House Thursday, Trump said: "You have to have strength, and you have to have toughness". But I've also always believed this: Whatever the most severe criminal penalty is, drug dealers should get it. He said the an outlier in how many opioid prescriptions are written.

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