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    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 14th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 353 Yea / 52 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
      House Committee on Homeland Security
      Border and Maritime Security
      House Committee on Ways and Means
      Trade
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2018

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What is it?

This bill would require the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to obtain advance electronic data (AED) on international mail shipments to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which would then target and inspect potential opioid shipments. The screening system would be funded through a fee assessed on express international shipments. Under current law, CBP requires AED to be provided for international shipments by private carriers (including express shipments) so that it can screen high risk shipments, but that requirement doesn’t extend to USPS shipments.

The USPS would be required to transmit AED on at least 70 percent of international packages by the end of 2018, and at least 95 percent of international packages by the end of 2022. If USPS accepts certain international mail shipments without AED after 2020, CBP would be authorized to impose financial penalties on USPS. CBP and USPS would be required to establish a joint strategic plan that details performance measures and benchmarks for meeting the bill’s mandate and report to Congress on its implementation. The agencies would be required to collaborate to identify and develop new technologies that will improve the detection of synthetic opioids and other narcotics or harmful substances.

The bill would also require bilateral diplomatic efforts to ensure foreign postal operators are transmitting AED, and multilateral efforts led by the State Dept. to raise international shipment standards for all countries. USPS would be empowered to take remedial actions against non-compliant foreign postal services to refuse shipment of packages that don’t include AED.

Impact

USPS; CBP; the State Dept.; and Congress.

Cost

$100.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost roughly $100 million over the 2019-2021 period to deploy drug detection systems at international mail facilities.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) introduced this bill to stop the flow of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, in the international mail system:

“No state has been immune from the effects of the devastating opioid epidemic. Here in Michigan, according the the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, from 1999 to 2016, the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths increased more than 17 times... The bipartisan Securing the International Mail System Against Opioids Act will close loopholes in our mail system currently being exploited by drug traffickers. These synthetic opioids flowing into our country through the mail system are extremely dangerous. As an example, carfentanyl is 5,000 times more potent than heroin and just 2 milligrams can be lethal. While there’s much more we can and should do to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic, working to keep this poison from ever coming into our communities is an important step.”

This legislation passed the House Ways and Means Committee on a voice vote and has the support of three bipartisan cosponsors, including two Republicans and one Democrat.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: xxcheng / iStock)

AKA

STOP Act of 2018

Official Title

To provide for the processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of certain international mail shipments and to require the provision of advance electronic information on international mail shipments of mail, and for other purposes.

    Having a dog walk through mail centers is an easy solution to this. Use the local K9 police
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    The issue isn’t majorly international. Let’s focus on cracking down on pharmaceutical companies out for profit and doctors whom over-prescribe within our own nation first.
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    Ineffective. Wasteful. Overly intrusive. The war on drugs is a failure. Recognize that solutions are on the “demand” side, and improvements will be seen.
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    Besides the obvious cost issue here, I believe this violates personal rights to privacy. 1984 is calling and we should block the call.
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    This is a way to bankrupt the USPS. If congress wants this legislation- FUND it. These congressmen want legislation but NEVER fund it. SWAMP.
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    The opioid crisis is enabled by the local pharmaceutical industry, not foreign drug dealers.
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    We need to be focused on local doctors that are dealing for pharma companies. Our issues begin there.
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    I thought that is what DEA was for. Each entity has it’s own job, do not tax them with more.
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    Fix the problem, not the system. Our Post Office is losing money at present. They do not have the people, facilities, or any of the resources to do this.
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    This is an unfunded mandate that will financially burden the USPS. Also criminalizing drugs doesn’t work. Stop the war on drugs, legalize and tax drugs, then use the taxes to fund treatment that actually does work.
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    The opioid crisis won't be solved by bankrupting the USPS. Are there any statistics demonstrating this is a main source of delivery into the country?
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    How will Congress fund this? The USPS has already been put in a financially untenable position by Congress and this will make matters worse.
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    The biggest culprits of providing opioids are doctors within the US.
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    No way. Leave the mail alone. Aside from bankrupting the postal service wouldn’t anyone who wanted to mail an opioid just move to another carrier? What about the legally prescribed opioids that consumers are forced to order from their mail order pharmacy because their cheap insurance company won’t cover a local pharmacy?
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    Seems like the post office has enough to do. Tell docs to stop prescribing opioids too much where people get addicted. Prevention first, get our military to screen, train them, instead of sending them to Yemen to help Saudi Arabia kill their enemies; women & children who do no harm are slaughtered by our military & Said.
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    Shipment through the mail is a big problem. Maybe more than a $25 billion wall. The mail has no wall and a lot of opioids can be transported this way. Maybe build a $20B wall and save $5B for the mail. Mmmmm.
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    Over reach and Orwellian. AND assistance with OPIODs can be found in a crack down on Big Pharma, Over Prescribing Doctors and Legalizing Cannabis so that the addicted and afflicted can use CBDs without worrying about the ‘thought police’ showing up at their door. Last month, in Twiggs County GA, a 15 year old was removed from his home because he was being administered CBD as treatment. He had not had a seizure in the 71 days of use, prior to that he experienced daily episodes.
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    THIS LAW WILL BE USED TO "PROVE" THAT THE POST OFFICE CAN NOT RUN ITSELF AND MUST BE PRIVATIZED, WHICH WOULD BE VERY WRONG. THESE REPUBLICANS WANT TO PROVATIZE EVERYTHING SO THAT THEY CAN CONTROL IT AND MAKE MONEY OUT OF IT, TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE CITIZENS OF THE United States!
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    What are the criteria and probable cause for determining what an “opioid shipment” are? Don’t like the potential infringement on privacy. Here’s an alternative: pass new legislation to clamp down on prescriptions for the drugs and fine the companies (Purdue pharma, etc.) that pushed their “legal” drug deals in the first place. Go to the root of the problem, don’t just make new, unnecessary legislation to cover it up.
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    This money can better be spent in education and treatment.
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