NPR – Former President Donald Trump spoke to New Hampshire voters during a CNN town hall held at St. Anselm College in Manchester Wednesday night.
Audience members asked how he would tackle issues like abortion, Second Amendment rights, immigration and more. But nobody brought up the opioid crisis plaguing the Granite State.
Two of New Hampshire’s major cities, Manchester and Nashua, saw a spike in opioid-related deaths at the end of 2022, WMUR reported in January, a 41% and 37% increase respectively.
Like other states that have historically struggled with the health crisis attributed to drug makers and distributors, New Hampshire is slated to receive tens of millions of dollars in settlement payouts–an estimated $310 million–in the next 20 years.
However, Trump does have a plan for addressing America’s drug problems, even if he didn’t discuss it Wednesday night: institute the death penalty for drug traffickers, smugglers and dealers.
It’s an approach in stark contrast with much of the world — it’s also a violation of international human rights laws.
This extreme position on drug offenses came right out of the gate with Trump’s candidacy. During his campaign announcement last November, the former president drummed a familiar beat on securing America’s southern border and combating Mexican drug cartels.
He didn’t go into detail on his promises, but did outline how he would handle certain drug offenses.
“We’re going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs, to receive the death penalty for their heinous acts,” Trump said … READ MORE.
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