President Trump is set to roll out new plans to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis on Monday that is expected to call for tougher penalties, potentially including the death penalty for traffickers, a senior White House official tells NBC News.
In addition, the president is expected to propose changes in the areas of treatment and recovery for those dependent on opioids, focusing on substance abuse prevention and education efforts.
On Monday, Trump will be surrounded by members of his cabinet as he announces the plan in a state that is one of the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic — New Hampshire, which had the third highest drug overdose in the nation in 2016.
“We have six billion dollars in short-term funding to work with,” the senior official said, referring to the amount Congress has set aside in the budget agreement for the next two years. The president’s plan will outline how the president thinks that money should be spent.