In September, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman delivered remarks on the Senate floor, highlighting his legislation to stop opioid trafficking. Following mass overdoses on fentanyl and carfentanil, lawmakers are racing to combat what has been described as an epidemic. Portman’s legislation, the Synthetics Trafficking Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, focuses on making trafficking via USPS more difficult.
“It [carfentanil] comes from our postal system and their postal system into the United States. Unbelievable — the poison is coming in the mail to our communities,” said Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, in a recent floor speech.
The legislation, jointly introduced by Senators Rob Portman, Ron Johnson and Kelly Ayotte, aims to close so-called USPS loopholes. The loophole, according to the senators, is USPS forgoing electronic advance data of international packages. Private mail carriers such as FedEx and UPS require advance electronic customs data for mail entering the US. This data allows Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to see who sent the package and who will receive it.
Such data lets CBP know what packages need to be scanned based on specific algorithms. One current example of automatically flagged