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Trump signs bill to improve opioid screening technology

13 January 2018

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and also backed by Ohio's Republican senator, Rob Portman.

The initiative is specifically aimed at ending the trafficking of fentanyl, a white powder analgesic 30-50 times more powerful than heroin and usually used to treat cancer, although in recent years, criminal groups have used it to increase the potency of heroin.

The bill, the INTERDICT Act, approves $9 million in federal funding for screening devices that can identify a substance like fentanyl in the field at ports of entry and to help staff use them.

Trump said that the new bill is "a significant step forward" in the fight against fentanyl, a substance which, according to him, is so risky that it has killed police sniffing dogs. If ever an issue demands politics be left at the door, it's this one. The state now has the second highest drug overdose death rate in the USA, behind only West Virginia.

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The supply of these deadly drugs come from places outside the United States - Mexico, China, other countries.

It provide portable chemical screening devices to Border Agents so they can check packages and travelers. It can sometimes be found on the internet and is often shipped by mail or other couriers but can be hard to detect in small amounts.

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill Wednesday that aims to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country, including synthetic opioids like fentanyl. "As we work to keep these deadly synthetic opioids out of OH communities, Sen".

Trump signs bill to improve opioid screening technology