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New law will cut off drugs from China

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RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH
DECEMBER 4, 2018

By Paul F. Steidler

In October, President Trump signed into law widely supported bipartisan opioid legislation. Today, America is losing 49,000 people annually to opioids and the figure has been rising sharply for several years. The last time Congress passed major drug legislation was in 1986, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that less than 8,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. The centerpiece of the new drug law is the STOP Act, which aims to cut off fentanyl and other opioids from China, the manufacturing hub for this poison. The legislation requires the U.S. Postal Service, starting January 1, to only accept mail from China that has advanced electronic data.