Federal agencies failing to comply with law aimed at reducing synthetic drugs shipped into US

As of Jan. 1, 2021, all international mail coming into the United States will have to provide Advance Electronic Data (AED) for added detection measures as part of a law designed to help reduce the supply of opioids shipped into the United States through the U.S. Postal Service. But federal agencies have failed to meet legal requirements, which could leave hundreds of thousands of international packages in limbo.

At a congressional hearing this week, members of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations lambasted representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their collective failures to follow through on requirements made under the 2018 STOP Act. STOP, or the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act, was a bill introduced by chairman and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and signed into law in 2018. It required federal agencies to close a loophole exploited by drug traffickers that send synthetic drugs like fentanyl from China to the U.S. through the USPS.

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