Resources

STOP Act Letter of Support from American Medical Association

June 2017

In a letter to Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH), the American Medical Association expresses its support for the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act.

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STOP Act Letter of Support from Fraternal Order of Police

February 2017

In a letter to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the National Fraternal Order of Police expresses its support for the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act.

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Fentanyl: China’s Deadly Export to the United States

February 2017

The U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission released a report on the influx of deadly fentanyl and other synthetic drugs that are shipped to the United States – often through the global postal system – and are fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic.

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Closing the Pipeline: America’s Opioid Misuse Epidemic

January 2017

The inauguration of President Donald Trump marks a new beginning for national security policy in the United States, but a dangerous vulnerability in the global postal system persists threatening the safety of Americans every single day. Nearly one million packages enter into the United States every day without important electronic security data that would allow law enforcement officials to seize dangerous packages shipped from foreign posts. These packages are fueling America’s opioid epidemic by allowing deadly materials to reach our shores unchecked through the global postal system.

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2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

December 2016

The White House’s Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, called for action to close a loophole in the global postal system. In its 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the plan recognizes that this loophole provides a pipeline for illicit materials “that place the health and safety of consumers at risk; jeopardize national security interests; undermine the rule of law; accrue to the benefit of criminal syndicates; and implicate serious ethical and social concerns.” In addition to calling for further research and study, IPEC calls for an evaluation of the CBP-USPS advance data pilot program in order to target vulnerabilities and recommend improvements. The relevant section can be found on page 99 of the report.

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PRI's The World: Chinese opioid drugs

January 2017

PRI’s The World covers the spread of carfentanil, the synthetic opioid designed as a elephant tranquilizer that is now a major contributor to opioid deaths in the U.S. ASAP Senior Advisor Juliette Kayyem speaks on how the loophole in the global postal system has provided a path for carfentanil and other deadly drugs to easily enter communities across the country.

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USPS Office of Inspector General Alert on International Mail

September 2016

A September 2016 alert released by the USPS Office of Inspector General outlined issues regarding the postal service’s work with Customs and Border Protection to properly screen inbound international packages. The alert stated that “significant risk exists to the U.S. through the mail importation of illicit goods, narcotics, and the possibility of radioactive materials that could pose a threat to national security.”

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Letter from Senate Finance Committee Urging Administration To Address Trafficking of Synthetic Drugs and Illicit Goods Through Mail Service

September 2016

A letter from the Senate Finance Committee to Secretary of State John Kerry stated that packages that enter the U.S. from foreign posts are not subject to the same screening standards as packages shipped by private carriers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not receive electronic security data for the vast majority of this type of mail, which greatly reduces the agency’s ability to intercept illegal drugs and dangerous or counterfeit goods.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske Testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade

September 2016

Speaking at a hearing on “Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws” before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske discussed the importance of manifest data as a critical tool for CBP to detect potential risks in shipments.

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LegitScript: Analysis of Rogue Internet Pharmacy Shipping Methods

July 2016

LegitScript, the leading verification and monitoring service for online pharmacies, analyzed how illegal drugs are shipped into the United States from illegal online pharmacies, ultimately finding that 100 percent of the shippers used foreign posts over private carriers. Zero percent of the test deliveries were seized by authorities.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Air Cargo Advance Screening Pilot Strategic Plan

March 2016

In response to a terrorist plot involving bombs disguised as toner cartridges shipped from Yemen to detonate over Chicago that was successfully foiled using intelligence data, U.S. Customs and Border Protection created the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) data program. While private carriers have conformed to the new requirements implemented in the program, foreign posts have not followed suit.

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Letter from United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

March 2016

In a letter to House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gave the figure of approximately 340 million mail parcels that arrived from foreign postal operators without advanced electronic manifest data in fiscal year 2014.

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The Internet Pharmacy Market in 2016: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

January 2016

Prepared by LegitScript.com for the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies

This report was commissioned by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) in order to give CSIP members and other stakeholders an understanding of the current trends and challenges in the Internet pharmacy market. This report also illustrates the impact of zero-tolerance policies on illegal activity, and how companies, like CSIP’s members, are protecting consumer health and safety through their work to block unsafe sites, collaborate with law enforcement, and educate consumers.

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Copenhagen Economics: Private Express Carriers’ vs Posts’ Treatment of Packages Inbound to the US: Security Risks and Customs Concerns

September 2015

Copenhagen Economics conducted a study revealing the security gap between packages shipped via private shipping companies versus foreign postal services. The study found that foreign postal services do not submit any advance electronic security data on packages sent into the United States, presenting a major security risk.

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Closing the Pipeline: America’s Opioid Misuse Epidemic

November 2016

Every day, nearly one million packages are shipped to the United States from foreign posts without adequate security screening. Many of these packages contain deadly synthetic drugs and are increasingly contributing to the opioid epidemic that kills approximately 78 people every single day. Recent studies have proven this vulnerability in the postal system makes it easy for powerful, deadly substances like carfentanil to reach U.S. shores. Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) is committed to closing the loophole which allows synthetic opioids to reach communities across the United States through the global postal system. To underscore the need to close this loophole now, we have compiled a snapshot of recent news, facts and updates related to the epidemic.

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Closing the Pipeline: America’s Opioid Misuse Epidemic

October 2016

Every day, nearly one million packages are shipped to the United States from foreign posts without adequate security screening. Many of these packages contain deadly synthetic drugs and are increasingly contributing to the opioid epidemic that kills approximately 78 people every single day. Recent studies have proven this vulnerability in the postal system makes it easy for powerful, deadly substances like carfentanil to reach U.S. shores. Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) is committed to closing the loophole which allows synthetic opioids to reach communities across the United States through the global postal system. To underscore the need to close this loophole now, we have compiled a snapshot of recent news, facts and updates related to the epidemic.

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Closing the Pipeline: America’s Opioid Misuse Epidemic

September 2016

As the opiate epidemic claims lives in historic numbers across the country, Americans for Securing All Packages is committed to closing the pipeline that allows illicit, dangerous and often deadly drugs into the United States. To express the severity of the crisis and the need to take immediate action, ASAP has assembled a snapshot of recent news, facts, and updates related to the epidemic.

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