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Trump to unveil plans against opioid epidemic

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, March 19: US President Dold Trump will unveil new plans to tackle the country’s opioid epidemic on Monday, the White House said. The plan will include stiffer pelties for high-intensity drug traffickers, including the death pelty, CNN quoted Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, as saying on Sunday evening.

According to Bremberg and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s long-awaited plan will focus on three areas: law enforcement and interdiction, prevention and education through a sizable advertising campaign; improving the ability to fund treatment through the federal government; and help those impacted by the epidemic to find jobs while fighting addiction. Congress has approved $6 billion to combat the epidemic and a senior official told CNN that Trump’s plan will lay out how the administration believes that money should be spent.

The concept of the death pelty for certain drug traffickers is something Trump has been outspoken about, but this will be the first time it will be part of an official administration plan. Trump called for the death pelty to drug dealers earlier this month at a rally in Pennsylvania, CNN reported. (IANS)

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