Trump rolled out plans to combat drug menace

Oct 16, 2016
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump called on for more drug courts and for mandatory addiction treatment, as he talked about the role that prescription drugs play in the heroin epidemic.

Speaking at a rally Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Trump rolled out a new, multipoint plan to combat drug addiction.

He said he wanted the Food and Drug Administration to speed up the approval of abuse-deterring drugs.

He also wants to reduce the supply of drugs like oxycodone, and wanted to make it harder to mail drugs like fentanyl to users and dealers.

The Republican presidential nominee has long claimed he would stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US by building a wall along the US-Mexico border and by deporting traffickers living in the US illegally.

His speech marked the first time he had spoken at length about prescription and role of drugs in the heroin epidemic.

Meanwhile, a Wisconsin sheriff who supports Donald Trump says it’s time to respond to government and media corruption not with words but with “pitchforks and torches.”

Sheriff David Clarke Jr. of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County makes the assertion in a Saturday posting on Twitter.

He illustrates his point with a photo showing angry people with clubs and torches.

In the tweet, Clarke writes: “It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time.”

Clarke is an elected Democrat but spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer.

He has denounced the Black Lives Matter movement though he, too, is a black.