Last month, Senator Portman, as Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, released a shocking bipartisan report that details how drug traffickers exploit vulnerabilities in our international mail system to easily ship synthetic drugs like fentanyl from China into the United States. Portman later held a hearing on the report. Up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, fentanyl has now overtaken heroin and prescription drugs as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, where, according to the Ohio Department of Health, approximately 11 people die every day from unintentional drug overdoses. Yesterday, a Toledo Blade editorial urged Congress to act on the STOP Act, legislation authored by Portman designed to help save lives by keeping these deadly drugs out of our communities.

Excerpts of the editorial can be found below and the full editorial can be found at this link.

Portman’s Crusade to Save Lives

Toledo Blade

Editorial Board

February 7, 2018

Near the end of last month, Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) chaired a Senate hearing on his bombshell report on how deadly fentanyl is being shipped through the United States Postal Service into this country, with few obstacles.

During the hearing, the senator asked a simple question: “How many more people have to die before we keep this poison out of our communities?”

So far, the Postal Service and our congressmen have done little to stop that poison.

Mr. Portman’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has released a damning report that should shame legislators and USPS officials alike…

Senator Portman has offered a simple solution. His Synthetic Trafficking & Overdose Prevention Act would require advanced electronic data on international packages shipped through the USPS. It has 29 co-sponsors — Republicans and Democrats, including Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

The STOP Act is not a cure-all. Drug suppliers will eventually adapt, but Mr. Portman’s legislation is a no-brainer. It will save lives. It would be unconscionable not to pass it.