U.S. Postal Service fails to deliver on stopping fentanyl coming in from China

JUNE 7, 2019

By Angela Kennecke

The U.S. Postal Service is failing to deliver on the STOP Act to prevent the illegal flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl through the mail. The law requires the postal service to track international packages coming into the U.S. through the mail, just like UPS or FedEx do. Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid and all it takes is what’s equivalent to four grains of salt to kill someone. This year so far, fentanyl is blamed for three out of the 10 overdose deaths in Minnehaha County.

The STOP Act was supposed to stop the problem from happening by tracking all the packages coming in from China to the U.S. But as KELOLAND Investigates has discovered, the Postal Service isn’t delivering on its deadlines.