‘No time to relax’: Lucas Co. sees first dip in overdose deaths in 6 years

March 3, 2020

By Brooks Sutherland

In 2018, President Trump signed into law the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act, known as the STOP Act, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), to close the loophole. The postal service has missed deadlines required by the Stop Act, such as providing data on 70 percent of packages mailed from foreign posts by December, 2018.

Juliette Kayyem, an adviser to the Americans for Securing All Packages coalition, which seeks to prevent fentanyl and synthetic opioids from flowing through the mail, said the fact that federal agencies are slow to close a loophole utilized by traffickers to send fentanyl from other countries to the United States is “remarkable.” “We have a big problem,” she said. “The loophole is keeping an industry that’s killing thousands of people going.”