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house Bill H.R. 2142

Should Border Agents Have More Chemical Screening Devices to Stop the Trafficking of Fentanyl and Other Opioids?

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Customs and Border Protection agents need chemical screening devices at points of entry into the U.S. in order to detect fentanyl and other opioids, and this bipartisan bill provides the resources needed to acquire and use them.

10/22/2017
Fentanyl is a leading contributor to the opioid crisis that is wreaking havoc, destroying families and taking lives across our state and nation. The federal government can do more to stop fentanyl from entering our country from abroad, and this legislation would help accomplish that goal.
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10/22/2017
While medical professionals need to pay closer attention to prescribing patients into addiction, border agents need a way to stop the enormous flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S. Regardless of how well our medical professionals may oversee treatment, and, as long as the drugs have an avenue to our streets, addiction will continue to rise.
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Jada's Opinion
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10/22/2017
Absolutely, I support HR 2142 because the Borders need to be controlled more effectively across the board, even checking shipments as they check in to US port. It won’t completely eradicate the issue on drugs crossing the borders, but will help decrease the amount of drugs trafficked into the US.
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Argument opposed

The opioid crisis is a severe public health issue facing the U.S., but there are better ways to combat it than by giving Customs and Border Protection the tools to detect fentanyl and other synthetic opioids at the border.

RadicalModerate's Opinion
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10/22/2017
These drugs don't come over the border. That's more of the elephants lies. They come from the pharmaceutical corporations that own our politicians. That's why cannabis is illegal, because it cures. This is just another excuse to spend our money on hurting non-whites. My wife became addicted to Tramadol a supposed safe opiate. Then she tested positive for cannabis. The doctor dismissed her from the "health care facility". I had to buy tramadol from china. It came in the mail. And I couldn't get her off that poison for three years. And all it took was huge quantities of hash. And love and compassion to save her life.
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Christina's Opinion
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10/22/2017
Who is policing the big Pharma drug pushers?
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Judith's Opinion
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10/22/2017
What are the statistics on these drugs coming into the country from Mexico? What is big pharma’s role in this problem? I agree the issue needs to be tackled but let’s be sure we are putting the money into the source of the problem.
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  • EnactedJanuary 10th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 21st, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed October 24th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 25th, 2017

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    Fentanyl is a leading contributor to the opioid crisis that is wreaking havoc, destroying families and taking lives across our state and nation. The federal government can do more to stop fentanyl from entering our country from abroad, and this legislation would help accomplish that goal.
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    These drugs don't come over the border. That's more of the elephants lies. They come from the pharmaceutical corporations that own our politicians. That's why cannabis is illegal, because it cures. This is just another excuse to spend our money on hurting non-whites. My wife became addicted to Tramadol a supposed safe opiate. Then she tested positive for cannabis. The doctor dismissed her from the "health care facility". I had to buy tramadol from china. It came in the mail. And I couldn't get her off that poison for three years. And all it took was huge quantities of hash. And love and compassion to save her life.
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    Who is policing the big Pharma drug pushers?
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    I need more information. What is the estimated percentage of synthetic opioids actually crossing the border? Would this measure actually be effective at notably impacting the supply chain?
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    What are the statistics on these drugs coming into the country from Mexico? What is big pharma’s role in this problem? I agree the issue needs to be tackled but let’s be sure we are putting the money into the source of the problem.
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    Feels like we could train dogs to sniff out these chemicals. No need to spend big bucks of sensors.
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    To believe that the mass amounts of synthetic opiates are coming from outside the country is playing into the “border wall” rhetoric. Synthetic opiates are created in our labs. This has nothing to do with Mexico.
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    Stop pharmaceutical companies and medical system from their abuses is better way to tackle this. It is primarily a prescription drug issue. Not primarily an illicit drugs at the border issue. Look at Better ways to address the issue that are both more cost efficient and more effective .
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    I’m not convinced that drugs are coming across our borders at nearly the rate portrayed. My guess is that most of the opioid epidemic is fueled by domestically sourced and likely legally produced drugs.
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    While medical professionals need to pay closer attention to prescribing patients into addiction, border agents need a way to stop the enormous flow of illegal narcotics into the U.S. Regardless of how well our medical professionals may oversee treatment, and, as long as the drugs have an avenue to our streets, addiction will continue to rise.
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    Absolutely, I support HR 2142 because the Borders need to be controlled more effectively across the board, even checking shipments as they check in to US port. It won’t completely eradicate the issue on drugs crossing the borders, but will help decrease the amount of drugs trafficked into the US.
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    Interesting that most people assumed that this is only about the Mexican Border, vs. the US border overall. Most Fentanyl in the US comes from China, sometimes Via Mexico and to a lesser extent Canada. While this bill doesn't address the larger problem of pharmaceutical addiction, it does work to prevent deaths caused by more lethal counterfeit product and ingredients from entering the U.S.
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    Personally, I still feel that we should, instead, be cracking down on the pharmaceutical industries that are the main distributors and enablers of opioids. Having said that, there are a number of trustworthy progressives backing this bill, and I suppose it is better to have any reform than no reform.
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    Yes because it's fentanyl and heroine coming from China into Mexico then here that is responsible for the opioid epidemic Not medical doctors and pain patients, it's a fact less that 3% become addicted to a legal prescription
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    The war on drugs is a failed effort. Never worked and never will. Spend the $$ on treatment, education and development of drugs to counter the effects of opioids. It’s a “free” country and if Americans use alcohol or drugs all we can do is try to help when they need the help.
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    Maybe instead of making up issues, our law makers can stop taking large contributions from big pharmaceutical companies and truly put a dent in the opioid epidemic!
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    Border agents have way too much power now..the drugs are not coming over the border. Our Big Pharma is producing and distributing these drugs. We need to go after them
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    Waste of time and resources since the root of addiction to these opioids are *prescriptions*, not illicit use
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    The true drug crisis in this country is the opioids that are prescription based which come from inside this country from big pharma who cares more about their profit margins than the care and wellbeing of people. An industry that bribes doctors into giving drugs and treatments that aren’t always needed because it gives them huge profit margins. This is why this industry has worked so hard and spent so much money into seeing something safe and affective as marijuana being legalized!
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    Only if big pharma is the ones they are checking.
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