Faso Assumes Lead House Republican Sponsorship of STOP Act

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Washington, February 7, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) assumed primary sponsorship of H.R. 1057, the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act (STOP Act) of 2017. The bipartisan STOP Act is designed to stop synthetic drugs like fentanyl from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers. Current tracking measures implemented at the U.S. Postal Service are insufficient in stopping shipments of synthetic drugs.

The legislation currently has 252 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle in the House.

“Synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil are hundreds of times more potent than heroin, which itself has been a catalyst of this epidemic. A large portion of these dangerous synthetic drugs come into the country across our borders through mail packages. We should be doing all we can to stem this flow of drugs, and the STOP Act is a significant part the strategy to do so. Thank you to Congressman Tiberi for his work in advocating for this bill and I am proud to take the reins in championing this bill in partnership with my colleague Congressman Neal in the House.” – Congressman John J. Faso (NY-19)

“Each day, nearly 125 Americans are dying from drug related overdoses. Many of these victims are succumbing to powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil which are hundreds of times more potent than heroin. The toll these deadly drugs are taking in our communities is alarming and unprecedented. That is why I am joining my colleague Congressman Faso in a bipartisan effort to stop this growing epidemic. We must do all we can to stop these dangerous drugs from coming through our borders.” – Congressman Richard E. Neal (MA-01)

Congressman Richard Neal represents Massachusetts’s 1st congressional district, which is adjacent to New York’s 19th congressional district.

Background

  • Fentanyl and carfentanil are increasingly cited as causes for a spike in overdoses and deaths from overdose across the country.
  • The U.S. Postal Service does not implement the same electronic customs data as private carriers for the vast majority of mail entering the country.
    • Customs and Border protection is unable to manually scan each package and stop synthetic drugs from entering the U.S.
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