Trump Takes Opioid Fight To New Hampshire

Mar 19, 2018

President Donald Trump made a rare visit to New England Monday to tout his approach to opioids.

That's a topic Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has invested lots of energy tackling, but Baker did not join Trump in New Hampshire.

In Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump said the federal government "would not rest" until the scourge of drug addiction is stopped, and said the toughness needed in the battle against drug traffickers should involve the death penalty.

"Failure is not an option," he said, describing opioids as "deadly poisons."

Noting his administration has identified the opioid addiction crisis as a national public health emergency, Trump said the federal government will be spending "the most money ever" on fighting the problem.

As Trump was delivering a speech, Baker was at the State House attending a meeting with state legislative leaders.

Earlier this month, the governor identified passage of his opioid abuse prevention bill as one of his top two legislative priorities for the remainder of the year, alongside his "housing choices" bill.

This report was originally published by the State House News Service.