Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stop Act Will Prevent Opioid Smuggling

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stop Act Will Prevent Opioid Smuggling

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One answer to your Aug. 16 editorial "Where Is The help? Opioids Have Taken A Huge Toll On Pennsylvania" is for Washington to enact commonsense legislation that will reduce the inflow of opioids from China.

For years, law enforcement agencies, public health officials and others have warned that large amounts of Chinese opioids are flooding into the country via international mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The Fraternal Order of Police, the Homeland Security Department and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are among those making clarion calls.

A major trend in international mail is to use advanced electronic data (AED), which include key data points like the sender's name, declared contents and destination. By requiring AED on all in-bound mail, especially from China, and combining this with advanced data analytics, law enforcement can better determine which mail to search for drugs. …

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