Trump notes decline in drug prosecution, suggests preventative measures as he receives opioid briefing

"The average sentence for a convicted federal drug offender decreased 20 percent from 2009 to 2016," said Trump to reporters from his private club in Bedminster, New Jersey, noting he "promised to fight this battle during his campaign."
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Transcript for Trump notes decline in drug prosecution, suggests preventative measures as he receives opioid briefing
Thank you very much Secretary Rice New York. To address the crisis of all. Heroin cocaine. And methamphetamine. Use is a tremendous problem in the country and getting. As well as he can be taken care which hopefully will be better than any other countries which also has. The same problems. We're similar problems. Nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens young. At home rich and poor urban and rural. Communities everybody is threat. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death and the United States. And hope here it overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled. Since 1990 and it is a problem the likes of which we have not seen. Meanwhile federal drug prosecutions. Have got down in recent years. But you're reading about about rapidly. And he ended when he sixty that would 23% fewer that in 2011. So they looked at this surge of days. Let it go by and we're not letting it go by the average sentence Langford convicted in federal drug offenders decreased. 20%. From what it and Forney sixteen. During my campaign promise to fight this battle because as president of the United States my greatest responsibility. Is to protect the American people. And to ensure. Their safety. Especially in some parts of our country it is horrible. What's going on will go through it. And other drugs but we'll viewers is something that nobody's seen anything like it. Today I'm pleased to receive a briefing from our team on ways we can help our communities combat. There's absolutely terrible epidemic and keep youth from going down this deadly path. The best way to prevent drug education. And Oprah does is to prevent people from abusing drugs. In the rose. If they don't start they won't have a problem is that you start it's awfully tough to get off so we can keep them from going and maybe. Talking he has been telling them no good really bad for you and every way but if they don't start. It will never be a problem. We're also working with law enforcement offices to protect innocent citizens from drug dealers. That poison our community strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug. Free society. I have had the opportunity to hear from many on the front lines of the Alito at epidemic. I'm confident that by working with our health care law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic. At the United States will win. We're also very very tough for the southern border where much of this comes end we're talking to China where certain forms of man made drug comes end and it is bad. I was speaking to other countries and we're getting cooperation but we're being very very strong order our southern border. And I would say the likes of which this country certainly has never seen that kind of special. Got to do our job we'll get get a go eleven tremendous heat of experts and people that wanna be this is horrible situation that's happened to her country and we will we will win we have. No alternative we have to win for our youth. We have two wins. And frankly we have to wait for a lot of other people not necessarily young. That are totally addicted and have serious serious so we thank you all for being here. And wouldn't get on without reading thank you very much thank you all back.

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