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Trump calls for drug traffickers to face death penalty

US President Donald Trump has called for drug traffickers to face the death penalty as part of his plan to combat the US painkiller-addiction epidemic.
 
He outlined the capital punishment plan during a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the opioid crisis.
 
Mr. Trump is also set to announce measures to tackle over-prescription and insufficient access to treatment.
 
The epidemic claimed the lives of 63,600 Americans in 2016.
 
Some 2.4 million Americans are estimated to be addicted to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin.
 
                                                                          
 


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