Donald Trump presented in New Hampshire his plan to fight against opiate ,which causes thousands of deaths from overdoses each year in the United States, Donald Trump is willing to encourage the use of the death penalty against some traffickers.
“The Justice Department will request the death penalty against drug traffickers whenever possible under existing laws,” the White House said, presenting the main lines of the plan before the presidential address. The White House also plans to “reduce the demand” for opiates through education and the fight against excessive prescription. It also emphasizes the need to “help those who fight against addiction.”
But beyond its resonance, the announcement of the president could remain in the phase of mere political exhibition, because its implementation, its scope and its effectiveness are the object of many doubts.
In 2016, the United States registered some 64,000 deaths from overdoses, most of them related to opiates. This category of narcotic drugs includes prescription painkillers such as oxycontin and fentanyl, as well as heroin, often mixed with synthetic substances.
According to a report by the NGO Harm Reduction International, the United States is one of thirty countries in the world where the law establishes the death penalty for certain crimes related to drug trafficking. But only seven of them, including China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Indonesia, resort to it frequently.