ICYMI: Senator Portman’s STOP Act is Signed Into Law

October 25, 2018 | Press Releases

Yesterday, after more than two years of hard work, President Trump signed into law Senator Portman’s Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, praising his work to help stop the influx of cheap, deadly synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped into the U.S. from China through the Postal Service.  

The STOP Act and the overall reform package represent a major victory for Ohio and for the country because they will strengthen the federal government’s response to the opioid crisis.  Here’s a sampling of the coverage and what they are saying about Senator Portman’s leadership in getting this done: 

  • The Associated Press: “The legislation will add treatment options and get the U.S. Postal Service to screen overseas packages for a synthetic form of opioids called fentanyl that are being shipped largely from China. … according to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who was recognized at the East Room event along with other lawmakers instrumental in getting the bill passed.” 
  • Columbus Dispatch: “At the ceremony, Trump cited Portman, saying he wanted to thank him ‘for working to ensure that the bill gives law enforcement the tools and resources they need to stop ultra-lethal — think about that word, ultra-lethal, that’s a big statement — drugs like fentanyl from being trafficked throughout our mail.’” 
  • Washington Post: “President Donald Trump signed a sweeping opioids bill into law on Wednesday, a rare piece of legislation that garnered bipartisan support… The law contains a measure sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that will close a loophole that makes it easier for traffickers to send fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is responsible for the sharp increase in overdose deaths, through the mail, primarily from China.” 
  • WKBN Youngstown: “After years of pushing his colleagues on Capitol Hill, as well as the White House, Ohio Senator Rob Portman is now looking forward to the quick implementation of a series of new anti-drug measures…A portion of the new law includes Portman’s STOP Act, which will now require the U.S. Postal Service to screen packages coming into the country for illegal drugs, a protocol that other private delivery services already do.” 
  • National Public Radio: “[Portman] was a leading proponent of the legislation in the Senate. ‘It will help in terms of both reducing some of this poison coming into our communities, but it also helps with regard to getting people into treatment,’ Portman said.” 
  • Stat News: “Trump singled out Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the author of the bill that enhanced law enforcement and mail screening at the border to guard against the entry of potent, synthetic fentanyl, which was the root cause of thousands of overdoses last year. ‘Rob, I do have to thank you,’ Trump said at one point. ‘I know how hard you’ve worked, please stand up.’” 

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