Washington, D.C. - On Sunday the White House announced that they intend to seek the death penalty for drug traffickers "where appropriate under the law," according to Fox News.
The White House also announced that the president would ask congress to lower the amount of drugs needed to trigger mandatory minimum sentencing.
Fox News reports that President Trump should make a formal announcement about the plan on Monday during his visit to New Hampshire.
During a visit to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Trump voiced support for cracking down on drug dealers.
"A drug dealer will kill two thousand, three thousand, five thousand people during the course of his or her life," President Trump said last week. "Thousands of people are killed, or their lives are destroyed, or their families are destroyed. So you can kill thousands of people and go to jail for thirty days."
"They catch a drug dealer, they don't even put him in jail," the president continued. "Think of it, you kill one person, you get the death penalty in many states or you get life imprisonment. You think of it - you kill five thousand people with drugs because you're smuggling them in and you're making a lot of money, and people are dying, and they don't even put you in jail, they don't do anything!"
"I don't think we should play games," President Trump concluded. "These people are killing our kids, and they're killing our families, and we have to do something."
The new plan to attack the opioid crisis will involve bolstering law enforcement in combating smuggling and trafficking, launching an education campaign, and improving federal funding for treatment.
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