Trump signs Markey-sponsored bill to improve opioid screening technology

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

President Trump has signed into law the INTERDICT Act, which aims to help stop the flow of fentanyl, as well as other synthetic opioids and narcotics, across the USA border.

Brown, who publicly encouraged Trump to sign the bill Friday, notes that the flow of fentanyl across the U.S. -Mexico border is having a devastating effect on the population of Ohio.

"Even dogs die from the scent", Trump said, adding that "nobody has ever seen anything like this".

Such a moment came Wednesday when President Donald Trump signed the Interdict Act, a federal bill which had been introduced past year by Ohio Sen.

The effort of both OH senators is commendable since it addresses an important aspect of the opioid epidemic, a public health issue that continues to affect this state and many others. "It's gone from prescription drugs to heroin, but it is now a fentanyl epidemic in the country, and the legislation [Trump signed] will give the tools to our law enforcement, to our detection people in the country to be able to identify it before it gets into the hands of families in our country".

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It provide portable chemical screening devices to Border Agents so they can check packages and travelers.

The INTERDICT Act authorize $15 million for hundreds of new screening devices and lab equipment as well as facilities and personnel for "24/7 lab support".

10 signed a bill aimed at beefing up efforts to keep fentanyl from entering the United States from Mexico.

Just before he signed the bill, Trump also made a head-scratching comment about the new measure.

"And we're going to find the answer". I think I actually know the answer, but I'm not sure the country is ready for it yet.

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