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Trump unveils plan to tackle fentanyl, drug addiction crisis

"Joe Biden's record is one of death, destruction, and misery," he declared.

Published: June 1, 2023 5:51pm

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his plan to tackle mounting fentanyl trafficking and drug addiction within the United States.

In the latest Agenda 47 policy video, Trump touted his success in reducing the problem during his time in office, saying "[u]nder my leadership, we took the drug and fentanyl crisis head-on and we achieved the first reduction in overdose deaths in more than thirty years."

"Sadly, under Joe Biden, our hard-won progress has been surrendered," he lamented. "Now fentanyl and other ultra-deadly poisons are pouring into our country unchecked, stealing more than 100,000 American lives every single year."

"Joe Biden's record is one of death, destruction, and misery," he declared.

Trump pointed to Biden's handling of border security as a key factor in driving the increase. He went on to reiterate his plan to impose a "naval embargo" on cartels and to "deploy military assets" against those organizations.

"I will insist on the full cooperation of neighboring governments to dismantle the trafficking and smuggling networks in our region," he added. Trump further said he would ask Congress to support imposing the death penalty for "drug dealers, kingpins, and human traffickers."

Stateside, Trump said he would use law enforcement to crush domestic organizations pushing such drugs. He further declared he would list fentanyl as a federally-controlled substance and promised to lobby China to clamp down on the export of key fentanyl precursors.

"Attacking the supply of these deadly drugs, will be just the beginning," he said, before highlighting the importance of dealing with addiction among the American population.

"My administration will support measures to make it easier for those suffering from addiction to seek treatment without losing their jobs," he vowed. "We will forge new public-private partnerships for companies willing to provide job opportunities and skills training for former addicts. We will expand federal support for faith-based counseling, treatment, and recovery programs, recognizing that we are going to need God's help to steer our country out of this crisis."

He lastly vowed to make it easier for those struggling with addiction to use the family leave program to seek treatment for addiction.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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