President Trump speaks on the opioid crisis

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"We have got to get tough".

Mr Trump was cheered on Monday as he told a crowd: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time, and that toughness includes the death penalty".

In a televised press conference from New Hampshire, Trump expanded on his administration's plans to combat the epidemic with what he called "brains, resolve, and toughness", emphasizing the latter trait with expressed resolve to consider the death penalty for incriminated opioid traffickers. "Failure is not an option; addiction is not our future". The president argues that drug dealers are responsible for more fatalities than murderers sentenced to death.

Near the beginning of President Donald Trump's administration, the chief executive of the country made waves in biopharma with his repeated insistence that he would roll out new initiatives that would slash the price of drugs.

The crisis claimed an estimated 63,600 lives nationwide in 2016, say health officials.

Over the weekend the White House announced President Trump would seek the death penalty for certain drug dealers.

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Mrs. Trump spoke about her visits to hospitals and clinics that help children who were born addicted to opioids.

Trump's proposal includes ideas about spending the $6 billion recently appropriated by Congress to fight the opioid epidemic.

In Manchester, Trump stopped at a local fire station that helps addicts get treatment.

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Eight firefighters stood in front of a truck emblazoned with "Rescue 1".

The Justice Department said the federal death penalty is available for limited drug-related offences, including violations of the "drug kingpin" provisions in federal law.

Addressing a crowd in New Hampshire, one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, President Trump on Monday called for some drug dealers - "the big pushers" - to be sentenced to death, railing against "sanctuary cities" like Philadelphia for harboring what he deemed unsafe criminals. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.

Trump drew criticism previous year after leaked transcripts of his telephone conversation with Mexico's president showed he had described New Hampshire as a "drug-infested den". The Washington Post published the transcripts.

Mr Trump previously suggested the "ultimate" punishment for traffickers at a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this month.

Others carried signs, including one that read "Donald J. Duterte", a reference to the Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose brutal crackdown on drugs has lead to thousands of deaths. The death penalty is allowed in 31 states. "We're going to change that".

He said there was little evidence that tougher sentencing reduced the availability of street drugs. Doug Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University, predicted the issue would go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Addiction to opioids - mainly prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl - is a growing US problem, especially in rural areas. "I can see it if they're Pablo Escobar, but where do you draw the line?" he said.

The Trump administration announced its long-awaited plan to address the opioid crisis during a phone call with reporters on Sunday evening. "This is no longer somebody else's community, somebody else's kid, somebody else's co-worker".

Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, told The Telegraph he believed it was "inevitable" Mr Trump would face a 2020 primary challenge. On opioid overprescribing, the plan asks that 75% of opioid prescriptions that are reimbursed by federal healthcare programs over the next three years be written using best practices. He won the state's 2016 Republican presidential primary but narrowly lost in the general election to Hillary Clinton. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a persistent Trump critic.