Donald Trump Turns Focus to Issues of Drugs, Presses for Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes

Article by Ali Vitali, NBC News


What began with an unfounded allegation that Hillary Clinton was on drugs during their last debate ended with Donald Trump rolling out a new policy on drugs and criminal justice reform — his latest attempt to shift the campaign’s focus with less than a month before Election Day.

Trump would also seek to reduce the number of prescribed opioids, like oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl, in the United States.

“We have 5 percent of the world’s population but use 80 percent of the prescription opioids,” Trump said in a line that pricked the ears of reporters who once followed former GOP rival Jeb Bush and heard him give a similar message in the Granite State during his short-lived candidacy.

The Republican nominee also mentioned sentencing reform for the first time on the trail, giving kudos to his running mate Mike Pence for increasing mandatory minimums for drug offenders as governor of Indiana.

“We must make similar efforts a priority for the nation,” Trump said.

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