Portman, Klobuchar STOP Act Now the Law of the Land

October 24, 2018 | Press Releases

President Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Help Stop the Influx of Synthetic Drugs Like Fentanyl From Being Shipped Into the U.S. Through Our Postal Service 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) hailed the signing of their bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act – which will help stop criminal drug traffickers in countries like China from shipping synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the United States through the Postal Service. The president signed the measure into law today at a White House ceremony. 

Getting the STOP Act signed into law is a big victory in our efforts to combat the opioid crisis and stop the influx of cheap, deadly synthetic drugs like fentanyl,” said Portman.By closing the loophole in our international mail system that drug traffickers have exploited to ship fentanyl into the U.S., we can help law enforcement keep this poison out of our communities. I’ve worked for more than two years to get the STOP Act signed into law, so this is a proud day. I want to thank Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on this issue, and I thank the president for signing it into law.” 

“In Minnesota and across the country, no place has been immune from the devastating effects of opioid abuse,” said Klobuchar. “Now that the STOP Act has been signed into law, our law enforcement agencies will have more tools to prevent synthetic drugs from being transported from overseas through our postal system. This bipartisan legislation is a major step forward in combatting the opioid crisis by stemming the flow of synthetic drugs into our country.”  

NOTE: The Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act will help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped from overseas to drug traffickers here in the United States. The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), which Portman chairs, conducted an 18-month investigation into this issue and released a shocking bipartisan report detailing how drug traffickers exploit vulnerabilities in our international mail system to easily ship synthetic drugs like fentanyl from China into the United States through the U.S. Postal Service. The STOP Act will close the loophole that has allowed this to happen by holding the U.S. Postal Service to the same screening standard as private mail carriers and requiring them to provide advance electronic data on international packages entering the U.S. This will allow law enforcement to identify suspicious packages, stop them in transit, test them, and keep more fentanyl from entering our communities.