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House of Representatives Passes the STOP Act, Bringing U.S. One Step Closer to Closing Global Postal Loophole Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives came together across party lines to pass the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, introduced by Representatives Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), by a vote of 353-52. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate and passage.

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ASAP Applauds Agreement on Bipartisan, Bicameral STOP Act to Help Cut Off the Postal Drug Pipeline

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2018) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have released a newly agreed upon version of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act. Americans for Securing All Packages strongly supports the revised legislation, which will provide U.S. law enforcement and security agencies with the tools needed to tackle the growing issue of deadly synthetic drugs mailed from abroad. Under current law, foreign packages sent via private carriers must include advance electronic data (AED), basic security information used by Customs and Border Protection to screen the massive amount of shipments into the U.S. Packages sent through foreign postal services and delivered by the USPS, however, do not include this data, leaving a glaring loophole that criminals and drug traffickers regularly exploit to send fentanyl and other deadly opioids into American communities.

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ASAP Urges the House Ways and Means Committee to Reject Weaker Alternatives to H.R. 1057, the STOP Act, to Prevent Opioids from Flooding Into the U.S. through International Mail

Washington, D.C. – The House Ways and Means Committee is preparing to mark up a weakened alternative bill to the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act. Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) calls on Committee leadership to reject this weakened alternative, and pass H.R. 1057, a bill with 271 bipartisan cosponsors.

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New HSGAC Minority Report Ignores Real Solution to Stopping Fentanyl Shipped Through the Mail

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Claire McCaskill, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, released a new report on efforts to disrupt the increased flow of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs entering our country from abroad. Unfortunately, the report misses a critical security gap that cripples Customs and Border Protection’s ability to interdict deadly opioid shipments. Packages shipped through the global postal network and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service currently lack advance electronic data (AED), vital security information that enables law enforcement to screen the massive number of inbound packages for dangerous drugs and other high-risk material.

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Americans for Securing All Packages Urges Customs and Border Protection Commissioner to Address Urgent Need for Comprehensive Security Data to Stop Deadly Foreign Opioid Shipments

In Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan’s testimony last week before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, he gave his vision for the future of the agency and spoke on the importance of keeping dangerous synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, from entering the country. However, while Commissioner McAleenan rightly noted the importance of advance electronic data (AED) – security information that is vital for law enforcement to effectively screen packages and stop dangerous material from entering the country – he failed to acknowledge the gaping holes in his agency’s ability to receive this data from the U.S. Postal Service. As he implements his vision for CBP, Commissioner McAleenan must address these vulnerabilities by backing legislative efforts that would require the comprehensive data on all packages needed to keep American communities safe.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade Hearing Highlights Urgency of Passing STOP Act and Implementing AED to Close Postal Opioid Pipeline

Last week, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing entitled “Stopping the Flow of Synthetic Opioids in the International Mail System” that cast further light on the need to close the drug pipeline in the global postal network. Committee members spoke with Todd Owen, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s executive assistant commissioner for the office of field operations, and Robert Cintron, vice president of network operations for the U.S. Postal Service, on the importance of stopping the staggering amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and other deadly synthetic opioids that increasingly enter the country through the mail. Throughout the hearing, participants spoke of the need for the USPS to implement comprehensive advance electronic data (AED) – vital security information needed by CBP and other law enforcement agencies to effectively screen and stop dangerous shipments, including drugs, that enter the country from abroad.

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New CDC Data Demonstrate Outsized Role of Illegal Synthetic Drugs in Opioid Epidemic Fatalities

Efforts to reform overprescribing in Medicare and other health policy must ensure patients are not left to turn to dark web markets for synthetic opioids.

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Americans for Securing All Packages Calls on White House to Formally Endorse STOP Act, Close Postal Drug Loophole to Fulfill Stated Commitment

As the Trump Administration unveils its opioid plan, coalition urges President Trump to work with Congress to close international drug pipeline

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Americans for Securing All Packages Calls on White House to Formally Endorse STOP Act, Close Postal Drug Loophole to Fulfill Stated Commitment

As the Trump Administration unveils its opioid plan, coalition urges President Trump to work with Congress to close international drug pipeline

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As Counterfeit Products Pose “Immediate and Significant Risks” To Americans’ Health and Safety, Senate Finance Committee and Government Watchdog Agency Call for Improved Data on Inbound International Packages

A New Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report Finds Rising E-Commerce Poses Significant Challenges for U.S. Customs Officials, Calls for Improved Data Sharing to Protect American Consumers

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Ahead of Trump Administration Summit on Opioid Crisis, ASAP Urges Action to Close the Postal Drug Pipeline

Unclosed Loophole in Global Postal System Allows Over 1.3 Million Unscreened and Potentially Dangerous Packages into the U.S. Every Day

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In Case You Missed It: Senate Hearing Details Shocking Year-Long Investigation Showing Massive Drug Pipeline in the Mail from Foreign Countries

Trafficking of Deadly Opioids through the Mail is Focus of U.S. Senate Hearing and New Investigative Report

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Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Report Spotlights Glaring Security Vulnerability in American Postal System

Lack of Systematic Nationwide Program to Implement Advanced Electronic Data Provides Pipeline for Illicit Drugs and Fuels Nationwide Opioid Epidemic

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President Trump: Deadly Drugs Are “Using Our Postal System and They're Killing Our People”

The STOP Act would help cut off the pipeline of synthetic opioids that President Trump says are entering the country “through our own postal system” by closing a major security loophole

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State Legislators Across the Country Urge Congress to Pass STOP Act

National Conference of State Legislatures Calls Lack of Advance Electronic Data in International Mail a “Threat to Our National Security”

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The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Calls for Passage of the STOP Act in its Final Report

ASAP Urges Congress to Quickly Pass the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act to help cut off a pipeline of toxic opioids by closing a loophole in the global postal network.

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ASAP Urges Agencies Acting Under President Trump’s Public Health Emergency Declaration to Address Synthetic Drugs in the Mail

Congress and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis must support the STOP Act to help cut off the influx of deadly drugs mailed from abroad

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As U.S. Department of Justice Meets with Chinese Officials to Discuss Fentanyl Production, Americans for Securing all Packages Calls for Action on Drug Pipeline in Global Postal Network

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s trip to China for the INTERPOL General Assembly, where he will reportedly discuss efforts to stop the deadly importation of fentanyl, Americans for Securing All Packages issued the following statement:  

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In Case You Missed It: In Search of Deadly Opioids, White House Drug Czar and CBP Port Director say Advance Security Data Needed

A report by USA Today found that in the search for illicit opioids entering the U.S. through international mail, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is unable to keep up with the volume of inbound packages coming through the nation’s busiest international mail sorting facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. “It’s still like looking for a needle in the haystack,” the report stated. “If we get the advanced data,” said Frank Russo, the CBP port director for JFK Airport, “we’d be in a much better place.”

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As Illicit Drugs Kill Americans in Record Numbers, ASAP Calls for Immediate Action to Combat the Importation of Deadly Drugs through the Global Postal System

Government Watchdog Agency, Lawmakers Call for In-Depth Analysis of Advance Security Data to Stop Influx of Drugs from Abroad

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In Case You Missed It: Postal Service Inspector General Reports Advance Security Data Finds 2,800 Suspicious Packages from just Two International Shippers

U.S. Postal Service Acting Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb testified last week that a pilot program underway by Customs and Border Protection and the Postal Service found more than 2,800 suspicious packages using advance electronic data from two international shippers over just four months. The first international sender identified was solely responsible for mailing more than 450 packages to American addresses, and the recipients were linked to thousands of other suspicious international shipments. If passed, the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which has gained widespread bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, would require electronic data used in the pilot program on ALL international packages shipped to the United States.

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Statement from Gov. Tom Ridge on Advance Security Data and the U.S. Postal Service

Governor Tom Ridge, the first secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and senior advisor to Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) issued the following statement ahead of today’s House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on “Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs In International Mail.”

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In Case You Missed It: DEA Chief and FDA Commissioner Warn of Deadly Fentanyl Delivered Through Global Postal Network

This week, the heads of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Food and Drug Administration both spoke out on the major threat posed by deadly synthetic drugs shipped through the global postal system, and the need for better detection and enforcement capabilities.

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President’s Commission Says Federal Legislation & Presidential Directive Needed To Stop Flow of Deadly Drugs Through Global Postal System

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Drug Addiction and Opioid Abuse released its interim report recommending ways to stem the flow and abuse of deadly opioids in the United States. The commission called for better resources to help federal law enforcement detect fentanyl in international mail processing centers and issued support for federal legislation aimed at stopping deadly drugs from coming through the global postal system into communities across the country. 

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From Coast to Coast, Local Law Enforcement Agents Warn Communities of Influx of Synthetic Opioids Mailed from Abroad

The Fraternal Order of Police and American Medical Association support the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act so law enforcement can identify packages containing hazardous materials

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ASAP Applauds Justice Department’s AlphaBay Takedown, Urges Further Action to Address Drug Trafficking through Mail

Security Gap in Global Postal System Allows Deadly Synthetic Drugs from Abroad into Local Communities

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As State Officials Testify About Damaging Effects of Opioid Crisis, ASAP Calls on Congress to Close Drug Pipeline in Mail

Security Gap in Global Postal System Allows Deadly Synthetic Drugs from Abroad into Local Communities

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ASAP Urges President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to Help Close Drug Pipeline in Mail

Effective Solutions for Opioid Epidemic Must Address Source of Deadly Synthetic Drugs

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American Medical Association Joins Growing List of Supporters of STOP Act

Calls Bill A “Vital Tool” to Fight Opioid Epidemic

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Officials Agree: Advance Security Data Needed to Help Stop Dangerous Drugs Flowing into the U.S.

Trafficking of Deadly Opioids through the Global Postal System is Focus of U.S. Senate Hearing

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ASAP Urges the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to Tackle the Global Drug Pipeline

Solutions Presented by the Commission Must Include Efforts to Tackle the Major Drug Pipeline in the Global Postal System

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As House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Fentanyl’s Role in Opioid Epidemic, ASAP Urges Legislative Action to Close Major Drug Pipeline

STOP Act would provide critical tools law enforcement needs to screen and stop dangerous and illegal packages.

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ASAP Calls on Centers for Disease Control to Investigate Number of Deaths Caused by Opioids Illegally Shipped Into the U.S.

As America’s opioid crisis intensifies, coalition calls for data and accountability on how deadly drugs are entering the U.S.

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ASAP Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of the STOP Act in the House and Senate

As America’s opioid epidemic grows, this critical legislation would close a dangerous loophole in the global postal system

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ASAP Applauds White House Call for Action to Close Security Gap in Global Postal System

WASHINGTON – Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) applauds the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) and numerous agencies, including the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security, for their joint strategic plan announcing that “the time for action is now” to close a dangerous loophole in the global postal system.

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During Holiday Rush, A Loophole in the Global Postal Service Leaves Americans Vulnerable to Deadly Drugs and Hazardous Materials

WASHINGTON – For most Americans, the holiday season marks a time of cheer, festivities, family and giving. For online retailers and foreign manufacturers, it’s also one of the busiest times of year. As more Americans choose to purchase their gifts online, postal workers are working hard to process the influx of packages entering the U.S. from abroad. Meanwhile, a dangerous vulnerability in the global postal system poses significant risks to postal workers, American consumers and law enforcement officials alike.

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Americans for Securing All Packages Lauds Bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, Calls for Congress to Close Global Pipeline Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic

Washington – Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) commends bipartisan legislators in the House and Senate for passing the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that will provide critical resources to address America’s opioid crisis. The bipartisan bill will provide states with $1 billion for opioid addiction and recovery services and will invest in key research projects at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

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National Association of State EMS Officials Joins Coalition to Close Postal Pipeline Allowing Opioids into Communities Across the Country

First-Responders Serving at the Frontlines of America’s Opioid Epidemic Increasingly Exposed to Fentanyl Coming From Overseas

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Health Organizations Join Together to Address Harrowing Opioid and Heroin Overdose Epidemic

Washington, D.C. – As our nation continues to battle an unprecedented number of lethal overdoses in American communities, drug-related organizations are coming together to address a major security gap that allows illegal synthetic opioids, including the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, to easily reach cities and rural towns across America. First responders have publicly identified synthetic drug shipments that are coming through the U.S. Postal Service. Yet every day, almost 1 million packages enter the country through the global postal service without important electronic security information needed by government agencies to identify illegal and lethal drugs.

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Administration Should Address Major Source Fueling Heroin and Opioids Crisis

As Obama Administration Works to Combat Epidemic, Pressure Mounts to Close Loophole Allowing Deadly Drugs into U.S.

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Majority of Voters Believe It Is Time to Close the Dangerous Security Loophole Allowing Millions of Unscreened Packages Into the U.S. Every Year

Today, Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) released a new survey showing that a majority of American voters believe it is time to close a security loophole that allows almost a million packages a day to enter the United States without the vital electronic data relied upon by federal agencies to target packages containing dangerous and illegal contents.

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National Security Experts Laud New Bipartisan House Bill to Close Dangerous Security Loophole in Global Postal System

Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) calls on Congress to keep Americans safe by closing security loophole that allows 340 million packages unscreened into the U.S. each year

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Bipartisan Security Experts Applaud New Senate Bill to Close Dangerous Security Loophole in the Global Postal System

ASAP coalition calls on U.S. leaders to keep American families safe by closing security loophole that allows 340 million packages a year to enter the U.S. unscreened

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15 Years After 9/11 Attacks, Major Security Loophole Is Exposing Millions of Americans to Risk of Terrorist Attacks

Bipartisan coalition calls on U.S. leaders to keep American families safe by closing security loophole that allows 340 million packages a year to enter the U.S. unscreened

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