In the same week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a record 107,000 annual drug overdose deaths, a US. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study reported that the most popular avenue for illegal drugs to enter the United States from 2016-21 was by the international mail system. Of the 20 categories of smuggling methods, GAO “found that mail and automobiles were the top two conveyance types for drugs seized.” This shows the need for more rigorous enforcement of the requirement for advanced electronic data on all incoming international mail. Lexington Institute’s Paul Steidler discusses this in an Op-Ed in The National Interest here.
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