Tipton Votes to Increase Chemical Screening to Combat Opioid Crisis
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) better detect the transport of illegal synthetic opioids across U.S. borders. The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act (H.R. 2142), otherwise known as the INTERDICT Act, passed the House with broad bipartisan support.
The INTERDICT Act will improve the CBP’s ability to intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that are illegally imported into the United States by providing the CBP with more portable chemical screening devices at ports of entry and mail facilities. Additionally, this legislation will provide additional fixed chemical screening devices in CBP laboratories.
“We must do everything possible to stop the spread of opioids, especially highly lethal synthetics like fentanyl. Dedicating additional resources to better screen at border and mail facilities is another good step in our ongoing efforts to address this national crisis,” said Tipton. “We will continue to work closely with our community leaders and those on the frontlines of the healthcare, education and law enforcement efforts to save lives and prevent the further spread of opioid addiction.”
As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Taskforce, Congressman Tipton has hosted numerous opioid roundtables in communities that have been deeply impacted by the opioid epidemic in order to ensure that the federal response is supporting local efforts. The Congressman invites anyone wishing to join these important discussions to contact his Washington office at 202-225-4761.
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