Trump pushes lawsuits vs. opioid makers, death penalty for dealers

Speaking at a summit on the opioid crisis, President Trump pushed for federal involvement in litigation against opioid manufacturers and appeared to propose the death penalty for some street dealers.

Trump’s comments followed an announcement by the Justice Department that it was creating an opioid ask force and planning to join the consolidated litigation against opioid manufacturers. The department plans to file a statement of interest and seek reimbursement for expenses incurred in federal health and law enforcement programs.

Trump commented at the summit, “Hopefully we can do some litigation against the opioid companies.”

Trump also suggested the death penalty for some drug dealers.

“[W]e have pushers, and we have drug dealers that don't — I mean, they kill hundreds and hundreds of people. And most of them don't even go to jail. You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people, and nothing happens to them. And we need strength with respect to the pushers and to the drug dealers. And if you don't do that, you're never going to solve the problem."

Trump added, “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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