White House to highlight administration anti-opioid efforts

Trump publicly praises death sentences for drug dealers

First lady Melania Trump (L) arrives in the East Room to deliver remarks during the White House Opioid Summit March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Although he had not been expected to participate, President Trump briefly joined the event. "And I'm so proud of the work that this administration has already done to combat this epidemic".

Indeed, the president said at the summit that he would be unveiling specific policies to tackle the drugs crisis in the coming weeks.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will also speak on a later panel, amid tension with the president following a tweet from Trump Thursday that described Sessions' actions as "disgraceful".

Others applauded the White House for encouraging survivors of opioids addiction to share their stories, so others feel supported. It featured Cabinet members, along with Mrs. Trump and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty - the ultimate penalty", Trump said at a White House opioids summit, Forbes correspondent - and founder of the Marijuana Majority - Tom Angell reported in Forbes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids - including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl - killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. That's an average of 115 deaths every day. And majority don't even go to jail. "Take the gun first, go through due process second", Trump declared. Carroll is a lawyer who has extensive government and private sector experience but hasn't done any work in the public health arena. It's a problem that's growing.

"We need strength against pushers and drug dealers", he said. '"I pray that we give peace to families in knowing that they told their loved ones how much they are treasured'".

"We have pushers and we have drug dealers that kill hundreds and hundreds of people and majority don't even go to jail", the president said. There's a river of blood flowing in the Philippines, but drugs are as plentiful as they were before Duterte's ill-conceived war on drugs.

In an announcement earlier this week about a new opioid task force, the Department of Justice said it will file a statement of interest backing states and local entities in hundreds of lawsuits against drugmakers.

But he added he also wants Americans to have hope.

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