President Trump speaks on the opioid crisis

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"If you compare our drug prices to other countries in the world, in some cases it's many times higher for the exact same pill or whatever it is, in the exact same package made in the exact same plant", Trump said during a speech on the nation's he opioid addiction crisis.

President Donald Trump is due to give a speech about the opioid crisis in a state he once called a "drug-infested den" on Monday.

During his speech, the President also vowed to introduce non-addictive painkillers, and said US pharmacists are "close" to creating pills that ease pain without getting people hooked.

"If they provide the right support for those folks, which means help providing housing, help dealing with child care, then we'll see something happen", Kazel said.

Trump went on to muse that it was unusual that those who murder individuals receive life sentences or the death penalty while dealers, whom Trump claimed kill "thousands of people", receive lesser forms of punishment.

Trump was quoted past year by the Washington Post as having called New Hampshire "a drug-infested den" in a call soon after his inauguration with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The New York businessman campaigned in New Hampshire the night before the 2016 presidential election, but Trump narrowly lost the state on Election Day, with Hillary Clinton beating him by fewer than 3,000 votes.

Melania Trump says "real progress" is being made in combatting the nation's opioid crisis because of the hard work of doctors and nurses across the country. We can not jail or kill our way out of this crisis-we need to increase access to evidence-based treatment and recovery services.

That characterization emerged in news reports about a conversation the president had with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto last August, in which Trump complained vociferously about illicit drugs flooding across the United States' southern border.

Trump told the firefighters he's getting a "big response" in Congress for his three-part plan to end the drug epidemic. Public health leaders also condemned Trump's call for tougher law enforcement measures as a throwback to the tactics of the 1980s and '90s, which focused on criminalizing drug abuse rather than expanding treatment options.

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Andrew Bremberg, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council told reporters on Sunday that the death penalty would be sought for trafficking in some opioids, including fentanyl, when appropriate under current law.

Yet the White House said the Obama administration was too lax in enforcing drug laws against traffickers - particularly those who dealt fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is pouring into the heroin supply from overseas and causing a dramatic surge in overdoses. "We're going to change that".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016.

"My Department of Justice will be seeking so many, much tougher penalties than we've ever had. The Trump administration is treating it like a criminal matter and not a public health matter", Austin-Hillery said on a conference call.

Around 55 per cent of Americans are in favour of the death penalty for murder, the lowest levels in decades.

The president has been criticized for touting penal solutions to the opioid crisis rather than emphasizing the public health component. "These were great kids who had jobs and would have benefited their communities." she said.

The Republican also spoke about ramping up lawsuits against drug companies, and plowing new money into treatment for those also struggling with addiction.

Trump has declared that fighting the epidemic is a priority for the administration, but critics say the effort has fallen short. The administration also wants to cut opioid prescriptions by one-third nationwide.

Trump announced the tackling of opioid abuse as one of his key steps when he assumed office.

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