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house Bill H.R. 5788

Should the Postal Service & Border Protection Screen International Mail for Opioid Shipments?

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would require the U.S. Postal Service to provide Customs & Border Protection with advance data on international shipments so they can be screened for opioids -- keeping dangerous drugs off the streets & bringing USPS up to par with private carriers.

Michael's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Having a dog walk through mail centers is an easy solution to this. Use the local K9 police
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Gary's Opinion
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06/14/2018
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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Chris's Opinion
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06/14/2018
Yes, but only if it’s combined with other reforms such such as eliminating the advance payments for the cost of healthcare for future retirees
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Argument opposed

It’s going to be too expensive for the U.S. Postal Service, which already has budgetary troubles, to work with Customs & Border Protection to screen international mail shipments for illegal synthetic opioids.

Savannah's Opinion
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06/14/2018
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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jimsander's Opinion
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06/14/2018
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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Donna's Opinion
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06/14/2018
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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bill Progress


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

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    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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    This money can better be spent in education and treatment.
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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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