U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, took the leadership role on a bill meant to stop the trafficking of synthetic drugs, such as the powerful narcotic fentanyl, into the country, which has support of local law enforcement.
The bill, called the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2017, would amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to ensure merchandise arriving through the mail is subject to review by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The bill would also require the provision of advance electronic information on shipments of mail to U.S. Customs and for other purposes.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has a fast onset, which makes it lethal to anyone unaware they are taking it, and carfentanil is an even stronger form of the drug.
“Synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil are hundreds of times more potent than heroin, which itself has been a catalyst of this epidemic,” Faso said. “A large portion of these dangerous synthetic drugs come into the country across our borders through mail packages. We should be doing all we can to stem this flow of drugs, and the STOP Act is a significant part the strategy to do so.”