U.S. Postal Service falling short of targets in major opioids law

APRIL 4, 2019

The U.S. Postal Service is not complying with a new law that requires it to collect electronic data on foreign packages before they arrive, leaving “unacceptable vulnerabilities” in the process that roots out deadly synthetic opioids, a key senator said Thursday.

Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, told the postal service he will demand progress, citing data that say it collected advanced electronic data on just 76 percent of packages shipped from China and 57 percent of data on packages from all foreign posts in January.