The government is failing on the fentanyl fight

JUNE 12, 2019

By Juliette Kayyem

The STOP Act mandated that the Postal Service require AED on all packages from China, and 70 percent of packages overall, by the end of 2018. Yet in January 2019, the Postal Service and Customs and Border Protection were receiving AED on only 76 percent of packages from China and 57 percent of international packages overall. That’s according to an April 2019, letter from US Senators Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, and Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware, to the postmaster general and customs and border protection commissioner.

Meanwhile, fentanyl-related overdose deaths continue to rise in Massachusetts, and drugs continue to pour into our communities from abroad. This is unacceptable. Lawmakers need to exercise their oversight authority to ensure the laws are enforced.