(Americans for Securing All Packages)
Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP) urges the administration’s new interagency coalition to combat America’s opioid epidemic to consider steps to cut off the supply of deadly synthetic drugs by closing a security loophole in the global postal system. The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, can take an integral step toward tackling this epidemic by addressing this major security gap, which provides a pipeline for some of the most toxic opioids.
As recent reports have indicated, powerful synthetic opioids are increasingly manufactured in foreign laboratories, purchased on the ‘dark web’ and shipped through the global postal system to communities across the country. Because of this loophole in the global postal system, nearly one million packages are shipped to the United States every day without advance security data that would allow law enforcement to identify packages containing dangerous materials – including deadly, synthetic drugs.
“With powerful drugs like fentanyl showing up in more neighborhoods every day, any effective solution for this tragic epidemic must ensure that we are cutting off the supply of these deadly drugs,” said Juliette Kayyem, senior advisor to ASAP. “This loophole in the global postal system provides unacceptably easy access to these drugs for children, addicts and drug traffickers.” Click here to read more.