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Opinion: Why Trump’s opioid plan falls short

President Trump's plan to combat the opioid epidemic falls short of delivering approaches that would make a real difference, says former Obama drug czar Michael Botticelli.
President Trump speaks about the opioid crisis in Manchester, N.H., Monday. Source: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President Trump’s long-delayed plan to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic, announced in a Monday speech in New Hampshire, led with a headline-grabbing call: impose the death penalty on drug dealers.

This emphasis on capital punishment only underscores the president’s over-reliance on supply reduction and law enforcement efforts, two strategies that have failed to produce meaningful change in a public health crisis that claimed more than 63,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016.

While law enforcement

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