Trump signs bipartisan bill to stop importation of synthetic opioids

Trump signs bipartisan bill to combat opioid trafficking

Trump signs bipartisan bill to combat opioid trafficking

Representative King was in the oval office Wednesday when Trump signed a bill called the INTERDICT Act.

Both Brown and Portman were at the White House when the president signed the bill, which aims to keep fentanyl and other synthetic opioids from being smuggled into the United States.

While most heroin in the United States comes from Mexico, the bulk of fentanyl is illicitly manufactured in China and sent in the mail, either directly to the United States or to Mexico, where it is mixed with the drugs before making its way north.

The act will help equip U.S. Customs and Border Protection with scanning devices and other technologies that would help detect synthetic opioids like fetanyl.

President Donald Trump is backing congressional efforts to beef up screening security at the USA border and ports of entry to stem the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl onto American streets.

"I'm going to give it to a Democrat", Trump said as he handed Markey the writing utensil.

The INTERDICT Act authorize $15 million for hundreds of new screening devices and lab equipment as well as facilities and personnel for "24/7 lab support".

Just last month data from the CDC showed that OH had the second-highest death rate by drug overdose in the nation in 2016. Because the drug is so potent, it is deadly in small doses and easy to hide.

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