Sunday, 27 May, 2018

The Opioid Express: Illegal Chinese-made drugs entering USA via regular mail

The Opioid Express Illegal Chinese-made drugs entering US via regular mail Caro Sorge Global Look Press
Kelvin Reese | 27 January, 2018, 20:19

The investigators focused on six websites to better understand the process of purchasing fentanyl online.

A new Senate report reveals how easy it is to purchase illegal, mail-order opioids from China, which federal authorities have identified as the major source of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids overwhelming the US market.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), chairman of the subcommittee, agreed that the investigation had revealed how much drug traffickers exploit the mail system. "They also found obituaries and death records showing that seven buyers died of fentanyl-related overdoses".

In Highland County, prosecutor Anneka Collins began seeking indictments for involuntary manslaughter against those who provided fentanyl-laced heroin to people who died after overdosing from the deadly concoction. The sellers are taking advantage of a failure by the postal service to fully implement an electronic data system that would help authorities identify suspicious shipments.

A few weeks ago, President Trump signed legislation to supply $9 million worth of chemical screening devices and laboratory equipment to ports, airports, and global mail facilities in an effort to help Customs and Border Protection officers screen worldwide mail more efficiently. "Agencies like the Postal Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the State Department must redouble their efforts to keep illicit opioids from reaching our shores".

"The Postal Service will continue to work tirelessly to address this serious societal issue", spokesman David Partenheimer said in a statement.

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The 104-page bipartisan report produced by the Senate Homeland Security Committee is the result of a yearlong Senate investigation.

AP reporters found multiple sellers willing to ship carfentanil - an opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer that is so potent it has been considered a chemical weapon.

The investigation found that seven synthetic opioid-related deaths in the United States were linked to online sales specifically probed by the Senate subcommittee, The Guardian reported.

It is not surprising that people are ordering fentanyl online to sell; the profit margins are staggering.

Synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl are the top driver (20,145 fatalities) behind the unprecedented 64,070 drug overdose deaths a year ago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A day later, the MI man died of an overdose from drugs, including a chemical similar to fentanyl. Portman. "These 300 people were located in 43 states, with individuals in my home state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida sending the most money to the online sellers".

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