President Donald Trump has made clear his desire to get tougher on the issue of drugs, even going as far as to suggest that the death penalty should be considered as a form of punishment for drug dealers.
He was talking mostly about opioids (drugs including prescription painkillers and heroin) which health officials claim killed 63,600 people in 2016 alone.
Delivering a speech in New Hampshire yesterday, the President claimed that ‘if we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time’ and that ‘unless you have really, really powerful penalties, led by the death penalty, with the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere.’
President Trump commended (unnamed) countries which have ‘zero tolerance’ for drug dealers and said it is because of this that they ‘don’t have a drug problem’.
He also used this issue to reaffirm his commitment to building a wall along the US-Mexico wall:
‘Eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall and keep the damn drugs out.’