Trump's Ghoulish Call for Even More Chinese Drug Executions [FEATURE]

In a pair of tweets last Wednesday, President Trump urged China to crack down on fentanyl, which he described as a "horror drug," and predicted "incredible results" if China would start executing people for fentanyl-related offenses.

Trump urges the Chinese to kill more drug offenders. (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid linked to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the US in recent years. Chinese chemical factories are believed to be the primary producers of fentanyl and related synthetic opioid analogs, which are then mixed in with other illicit drugs, making them even more dangerous than they were on their own.

Trump's tweets came just days after he errantly praised China's President Xi Jinping for agreeing that China would "designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China's maximum penalty under the law."

In reality, China made fentanyl and five fentanyl products controlled substances back in 2015 and promised President Obama it would "crack down" on it in 2016. Yet, the flow of fentanyl continued and fentanyl-related overdose deaths continued to climb.

And in reality, China is already most likely the world's leading drug executioner. The only reason for any doubt is that China does not provide data on how many people it executes for drug offenses, but according to Amnesty International, "thousands of executions… were believed to have been carried out in China" last year.

China's closest competitor in the gruesome race to execute drug offenders has been Iran, where Amnesty says more than 200 were hung in 2017, but recognizing the futility of the hardline approach and heeding pressure from European funders of Iranian anti-drug efforts, the Islamic Republic has now moved to greatly reduce the number of drug executions.

But as has been evident from his support of bloody-handed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who was presided over a war on drug sellers and users that has left thousands dead, Trump has a fondness for the death penalty. And despite the lack of any evidence that killing drug offenders actually leads to a reduction in drug use or trafficking, he wants more.

That brought a quick response from the Drug Policy Alliance, which ripped into Trump's cheerleading the death penalty in China as "morally repugnant" and instead urged responses to the fentanyl crisis that might actually achieve something.

"Draconian criminal punishments for fentanyl will actually make the problems associated with this drug much worse than they are now," said Grant Smith, the group's deputy director of national affairs. "This won't reduce addiction and overdose deaths in the US, but it will incentivize the proliferation of even more potent drugs that will further exacerbate the crisis. President Trump's push for China to execute more of its citizens for drug offenses is morally repugnant and ignores the decades-long failure of extremely harsh drug policies here in the US."

Instead of lobbying for harsh, but inhumane and ineffective, drug policies in China, Trump would better address the overdose crisis by implementing proven harm reduction measures, Smith added.

"Fentanyl has indeed become the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US, but health-based measures are far more effective than criminalization," he said. "Interventions like drug checking, naloxone, supervised consumption spaces, and expanding access to evidence-based treatment are urgently needed to reduce fentanyl-related deaths."

But the Trump administration isn't into that. In fact, the Trump Justice Department just recently went out of its way to promise a crackdown on any cities that try to open safe injection sites as a means of reducing overdose deaths and the spread of blood-borne diseases. He would rather American drug users die and Chinese drug sellers be killed than come up with effective responses that would actually save lives.

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Opportunity to argue for cannabis access

Time to seize the opportunity to remind the president of reports that dangerous drug use was reduced in the jurisdictions where cannabis was legalized in recent years!  That includes not only fentanyl, blamed for 77,000 sudden overdose deaths a year in the USA, but hot burning overdose monoxide (HBOM) $iggerettes, which almost certainly account for at least 90% of the slow but expensive health degredation and estimated 480,000 deaths a year, USA, and 6,000,000 a year worldwide, usually attributed to "tobacco". 

Mr. Trump is reported to be personally a non-user of alcohol and tobacco, so far so good, perhaps he would be interested in getting some credit for a massive reduction in illness and fatalities frrom those drugs, substituting miniservings, especially microtokes of the fastgrowing, reforestation-furthering herb. 

Cannabis users have led the way toward substituting vaporization for $moking, a movement which has spread into tobacco users.  The most neglected aspect of this situation remains the rolling up of overdose quantities in the commercial $iggerette (usually 700 mg per light-up) and the Joint (usually 500 mg)  when a ONE-HITTER can deliver 25-mg servings when and where appropriate.  The Australian Department of Health described the Joint (especially when, as in Europe and Commonwealth countries, containing a mixture of cannabis with tobacco) as a Trojan Horse luring youngsters into lifelong niggotine addiction.

The two main adjustments needed to  make cheap, under-$10 one-hitters more practical for everyday use forever replacing the $iggerette format worldwide and saving millions of lives are:

(1) a cup-shaped #40 wire mesh screen that fits in the usually quarter-inch-diameter chamber (alias crater), making possible the use of #16-sifted herb (maximizing surface area of herb particles for vaporizing out nutrient without combustion)

(2) at least a foot length of flexible drawtube which can be attached over the butt (sucking) end of the one-hitter, so that users can focus their eyes on what their hands are doing as they enact the Easy-Learn, Heat-not-Burn Vapetoke Technique:

Suction-load 25 mg of sifted cannabis flower, shredded $igheil tobacco or other herb,

suck smooooooth, slow,

hold lighter flame below,

don't start glow

till after 5-19 seconds or so.

Afterwards, for best absorption, breathe 30 warm wet W's in and out of a breathbonnet (such as a breadbag).

I was so disgusted when I heard of weed + tobacco being mixed

Horrified actually, and if the horror has faded, the disgust sure hasn't. Taking a blessing and mixing it with a curse.

I want to praise, not for the first time, your labors against tobacco smoking.

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Speaking of things that will kill you... TRUMP

Speaking of things that will kill you... TRUMP.

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