Donald Trump Suggested Putting Drug Dealers to Death Will Help Solve Opioid Crisis

Type: Rambling Public SpeakingMar 01 2018 Severity:
Targeted: Hard DrugsAbout: Capital Punishment
Donald Trump opined that putting drug dealers to death will help solve the ever expanding opioid overdose crisis in the United States, even though many people currently addicted to opioids obtain their drug from a physician. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have come up with no evidence that harsh drug penalties, up to and including the death sentence, play any factor in curbing access to drug abuse and drug abuse rates overall.

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Quote | Many people addicted to opioids obtain them legally from a physician.

“The answer is you have to have strength and you have to have toughness. The drug dealers, drug pushers—they’re really doing damage.” he said. “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.”

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