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East Liverpool cop's OD prompts senator to call for drug crackdown

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An East Liverpool police officer's brush with death is prompting a U.S. Senator to call on congress to address the heightening Fentanyl crisis.

Officer Chris Green needed four doses of the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan last week after coming in contact with Fentanyl powder during an arrest.

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he is working to address the crisis caused by the synthetic drugs Fentanyl and Carfentanil.

Experts say Fentanyl can be fifty times more potent than heroin.

In a release to the news media, Portman says the drugs are causing a spike in overdoses and deaths in Ohio and around the country.

China and India have been cited as the primary source countries for illicitly produced Fentanyl and Carfentanil in the United States, according to the Senator.

Portman says companies based in foreign countries take advantage of weaknesses in international mail security standards to break U.S. customs laws and regulations by shipping drugs directly through the U.S. postal system.

Unlike UPS or FedEx, the U.S. Postal Service does not require advance electronic customs data for the vast majority of mail entering the United States.

Because of the volume of mail, Customs and Border Protection cannot manually scan those packages and stop illicit goods from crossing the border.

Brown is sponsoring the Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which he says would require shipments from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal system to provide electronic advance data, such as who and where it is coming from, who it’s going to, where it is going, and what’s in it, before they cross the border into the United States.

The Senator says having that information in advance will enable customs to better target potential illegal packages and keep dangerous drugs from ending up in the hands of drug traffickers.

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