Several legislators from Arkansas have shown their support for President Trump's plan to fight opioid abuse in the United States.
On Monday, Trump vowed to stop the over-prescription of opioids at a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire. He mentioned during the speech that the federal government could help attorney generals sue drug companies who have been found to have misleading practices selling addictive medication.
The president also brought up charging drug traffickers with the death penalty, a proposal he has mentioned previously.
"If we don't get tough on drug dealers we're wasting on our time and that toughness includes the death penalty," Trump said.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters aboard Air Force One that enforcing the death penalty would be for "very specific high-level cases," according to USA Today's Gregory Korte.
"Some of these drug dealers will kill thousands of people in their lifetimes," Trump said, "and destroy the lives of many more people than that. And yet if you kill one person you get the death penalty or you go to jail for life."
Trump also introduced "The Crisis Next Door", a public awareness campaign, that would speak out against painkiller abuse and help people safely dispose of unnecessary medications.
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said it was "good to see" Trump give the opioid epidemic "his personal attention" in a press release. Cotton said federal penalties for drug trafficking are "far too low to stop the flow of drugs into our country."
"I will be introducing legislation soon to make sure the people who profit off the spread of addiction receive the punishment they deserve," Cotton said.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge called the opioid epidemic "lethal" and said battling it "requires an aggressive approach including education, treatment and litigation."
On Twitter, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he appreciated President Trump's plan to address the crisis.
"We must cut off the flow of illicit drugs within our communities and help save lives through enforcement, prevention and recovery support services," he said.
None of the legislators commented on the death penalty for drug traffickers proposal made by Trump.