With opioid deaths rising 29 percent during the pandemic, killing more than 55,000 Americans annually, Washington must do more to save lives. It can start by enforcing the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act (STOP Act) so criminal cartels are deterred from shipping illegal opioids to America via the international postal system. The STOP Act requires tracking information on all incoming packages. However, the initial regulations from U.S. Customs Border Protection, which were 17 months late, need to be significantly strengthened. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler discusses this in the Op-Ed here.
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