Trump to Seek Harsher Penalty for Drug Crimes and Limit Pain Pill

Donald Trump wants more mandatory minimums and other increased penalties for drug crimes.

He also wants to decrease pain-pill prescriptions by one-third over the next three years and limit Medicaid's reimbursement for them.

The Trump administration said it will seek stiffer penalties against drug dealers — including the death penalty where appropriate under current law — and it wants the number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers to be cut by one-third nationwide as part of a broad effort to combat the opioid crisis.

...It also wants to tighten the number of opioid prescriptions that can be reimbursed by Medicaid as a way to curb overprescribing.

Donald Trump is not our doctor. [More...]

Think about getting a root canal or having teeth pulled and having the dentist give you a prescription for three pain pills. Think about having a broken bone and being told to take ibuprofen. Think about a politician instead of your doctor deciding whether, and how many pain pills you can have.

We cannot jail ourselves out of a medical problem. Most opioid deaths involve the use of at least one other drug (or alcohol.)

By fixating on fearing opioids, we are missing the more culpable factors that lead some people to keep using drugs despite negative consequences. Opioid use on its own is not dangerous, and it’s time we stop demonizing it. Instead, we must implement a national overdose education strategy targeting the immediate factors of opioid-related overdose: drug mixing and tolerance changes.

That's why the Supreme Court ruled in Burrage v. U.S. in 2014 that in cases where the Feds charge someone under the enhanced penalty provision for distribution of drugs resulting in death of the user (where “death or serious bodily injury results from the use of [the distributed] substance”), the government must prove that but for the drug distributed the user would have lived.

We hold that, at least where use of the drug distributed by the defendant is not an independently sufficient cause of the victim’s death or serious bodily injury, a defendant cannot be liable under the penalty enhancement provision of 21 U. S. C. §841(b)(1)(C) unless such use is a but-for cause of the death or injury.

We don't need more crimes for which the death penalty may be sought. We don't need greater penalties or more mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. We don't need politicians or the Global Holy Warriors of the D.E.A. deciding what pills and how many our doctors can prescribe.

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    We should.... (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 10:44:54 AM EST
    decriminalize all drugs and make them available in safe(r) doses with known ingredients to addicts, always coupled with an offer for free detox and addiction treatment regardless of the addict's ability to pay for it.  

    Build detox and rehab centers, not prisons. Lend a hand, not handcuffs.

    And, foster additional (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 11:17:27 AM EST
    studies to ascertain effective medicinal uses, safety levels and more efficacious treatments for addiction/dependency.

    Why not? (none / 0) (#3)
    by CST on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 11:24:34 AM EST
    The war on drugs has been a smashing success so far.

    I'm so glad we continue to make evidence-based policy decisions in this country.

    I've been to too many funerals for this epidemic.  I've never left one of those funerals thinking "what we really need is another funeral".

    They already cut back the amount (none / 0) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 12:40:01 PM EST
    of opioids here in Florida.  After shutting down the pill mills all over Dade and Broward counties they also limited the amount a doctor can prescribe, which is 38 pills with no refills for the entire state.  

    Having just had a root canal I can say the pain stopped immediately after the dentista removed the root.  However the days before were quite painfull.  The many old ski injuries and hard workouts at the gym are continually painfull.  Lately I have gone back to ibuprofen and aspirin since they reduce the swelling that causes the pain I have.  If I took enough pain pills for those problems I wouldn't be able to function.  Jeralyn is correct; if you break a bone you need pain pills, but just for a few days.  

    The President will never stop the stoners from getting high by cutting down the amount of pain pills prescribed by doctors.  He has already cost Medicare more money by demanding a doctors visit instead of three refills in my case.  Sure there are unscrupulous doctors but that cannot be the reason thousands of pain meds are out there for sale everywhere.  They could be bogus pills coming in from Mexico, I just don't know.  I do know I'm going in for a refill soon, even though I still have 25 of the 38 he prescribed last September.  Better safe than sorry.

    You asked how to get an ulcer (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 02:50:33 PM EST
    Other than bacteria ibuprofen is probably the best way.

    Just sayin


    Because of f*cking course he does (none / 0) (#5)
    by CST on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 02:46:48 PM EST
    "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday backed a plan outlined by President Donald Trump aimed at combating the opioid crisis by vowing to seek the death penalty "wherever appropriate" against drug traffickers."


    Take away my pain meds... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 03:52:14 PM EST
    and I can guarantee if you gave me one minute in a locked room with that tiny, two-bit cracker and he'd be the one wishing he was dead.

    Or needing (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 03:55:37 PM EST
    Pain meds?

    This has the potential to do real (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 04:07:32 PM EST
    Damage to the lives of some.

    That's almost funny (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 02:48:54 PM EST
    Since most in this case would be doctors

    By "whenever appropriate" (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 19, 2018 at 03:05:03 PM EST
    they mean whenever it's an inner city black person who's tailor made for an extended Fox segment on those responsible for the drug scourge in America.