This insane dangerous administration is so out of control. Now they’re actually talking about killing drug dealers. Seriously.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is “studying new policy that could allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug dealers.”
In 2016, opioids killed nearly 64,000 people in this country. The Trump administration is now struggling to come up with ideas to stop the epidemic.
“People familiar with the discussions said that the president’s Domestic Policy Council and the Department of Justice are studying potential policy changes and that a final announcement could come within weeks. The White House has said one approach it might take is to make trafficking large quantities of fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid — a capital crime because even small amounts of the drug can be fatal. White House officials also are studying tougher noncapital penalties for large-scale dealers.”
White House officials say that Trump has a strong interest in Singapore’s policy of executing drug dealers. Just last week, at an opioids summit at the White House, Trump said, “Some countries have a very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty, and they have much less of a drug problem than we do.”
And last year, Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s approach to the problem. Duterte’s “drug war” has led to the deaths of thousands of people. Duterte is killing both drug dealers and drug users. In a phone call last year, Trump congratulated Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors to aggressively go after the most severe penalties for drug offenses.
“While news of capital charges against a drug dealer would spread quickly and possibly be a deterrent, said Daniel Ciccarone, a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, it could also drive drug users underground.”
““It will keep people from any positive interface with police, any positive interface with public health, any interface with doctors,” he said, noting that it could lead to fewer people receiving treatment for their addictions. “People will become afraid and hide. They won’t trust the police, and they won’t trust the doctor either.””
“The closer you get to the ground, the closer you get to people who are easy to capture and the more unknown the fentanyl issue is. I don’t believe that expanding the drug penalty further for other trafficking offenses is going to solve the opioid epidemic.”