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Trump administration considers death penalties and strategic PR effort to fight opioid epidemic

Trump administration considers death penalties and strategic PR effort to fight opioid epidemic

In the wake of the dreaded opioid epidemic killing millions of people in the United States, the Donald Trump administration is planning stringent punishments for drug offenders in the country. Unveiling the plan in New Hampshire (one of the hardest hit states by the opioid onslaught), on March 19, 2018, President Trump urged the Congress to legislate new laws requiring lesser amount of drugs to trigger bare minimum sentences for drug peddlers who willingly sell illicit opioids.

President Trump is keen on implementing the key elements of his plan—mainly death sentences for drug traffickers and mandatory minimum penalties for distribution of certain opioids. “The only way to solve the drug problem is by being tough,” he said. His plan includes enforcing strict laws and curbing the flow of drugs from outside the country. He also wants extensive broadening of efforts to increase the education and awareness level related to addiction, expanding evidence-based treatment and expediting recovery measures for patients. He echoed his resolve of handing the “ultimate penalty” to drug dealers in the country.

To expedite the plan, in terms of tightening the noose on drug peddlers, the President also urged for a nationwide PR effort to raise awareness among people, children in particular, about the dangers of drug use. Announcing the launch of a new website, which would elaborate on the dangers of opioids, including fentanyl, he also called for broadcasting relevant commercials that would show children “how bad” drugs could be when abused. The commercials would be aired during “the right shows”.

Concrete and tough steps needed

According to the Justice Department, several limited drug-related offenses (violations of the “drug kingpin” provisions of federal law is one of them) may attract the federal death penalty in the U.S. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty. And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties,” he said in a recent White House summit on opioids.

Even previously, the President took some concrete steps to fight the opioid problem in the country. The President, on the recommendation of the opioid commission which he had appointed in March 2017 to study the crisis, declared the opioid issue as a national public health emergency in October 2017.

Battle against opioids is gruesome

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) opioids killed a record number of people for any single year in 2016. More than 42,000 people died in 2016 due to opioids, including prescription pills, heroin and the synthetic drug, fentanyl. Despite President Trump declaring the fight against the drug epidemic a priority, his critics are not amused, saying the efforts have fallen short.

Another substance that is endangering the lives of people is the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Deaths due to fentanyl overdoses have surged manifold in the U.S. The White House has sent out stern messages to those who trade fentanyl illegally as even a few grains of the opioid is enough to kill people.

Dealing with opioid addiction

Opioid overdoses have killed more people in the U.S. than most other causes of deaths in the country. Chronic and severe cases of opioid addiction invariably lead to death. However, opioid addiction is also treatable with timely intervention. If you have a loved one grappling with an addiction to opioids, do not fret. Seek immediate help from a credible rehab center in your vicinity.

Sovereign Health is the leading substance abuse treatment provider based out of San Clemente, California. We offer various treatment options, including neurotransmitter restoration therapy, as per the need of the patient. Call our 24/7 helpline to know more about our nutritionally assisted detox centers and our rapid detox centers in California. You can even chat online with one of our addiction experts for further information on NAD IV therapy.

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