In January, President Donald Trump signed a bill to provide fentanyl screening equipment and training to national customs agencies in an attempt to stem the flow of synthetic opioids across international borders. As the fentanyl crisis worsens, state leaders have made increasingly passionate pleas for Washington to divert more federal funding to opioid addiction relief.
Stopping The Flow Of Opioids
The landmark opioid intervention bill, called the Interdict Act, allocated $9 million to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and was earmarked for use at borders, ports of entry, and postal facilities across the United States.
It provides funds for portable chemical screening devices that are specifically designed to detect synthetic opioids. The devices will primarily be used to screen packages crossing the United States border or being sent through the postal service. It will also provide funds for scientists and sophisticated laboratory equipment to interpret screening results.
Documents released by the White House added that the bill was intended to “prevent, detect, and interdict the unlawful importation of fentanyl, psychoactive substances, and other narcotics” into the United States. This funding came as part of a far-reaching effort aimed at “shutting down criminal websites that sell opioids, cracking down on fraudulent prescribers, stopping the production and sale of illicit fentanyl, and preventing illegal drugs from coming into the country in the first place,” the White House also said. Other initiatives have focused on reforming opioid overprescription practices, increasing funds for first responders, and expanding access to world-class residential treatment for opioid addiction.
Confronting The Fentanyl Crisis
Speaking at the impromptu signing ceremony, President Trump called the bill “a significant step forward” in the fight against the United States’ growing opioid emergency. In a previous statement, he had expressed a personal commitment to ending the crisis, saying, “Together, we will face this challenge as a national family with conviction, with unity, and with a commitment to love and support our neighbors in times of dire need.”
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid designed for anaesthesia and 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is frequently traded across international borders. Support for the bill was bipartisan and overwhelming in both the House and the Senate, marking the fentanyl crisis as one of the few remaining issues to promote compromise between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.
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Although the fentanyl crisis has continued to intensify across the nation, many addiction treatment centers have stepped up to provide support for individuals who are struggling. At CARUS Recovery, we offer intensive, research-based treatment for various types of substance abuse, including fentanyl and other opioids. If you’re coping with a drug or alcohol addiction, you don’t need to do it alone. Call us at 877-225-7724 or make an appointment online to speak with our team of addiction specialists today.