Washington, D.C. -- (1/12/2018) President Trump signed into law a McCaskill-backed bill to help stop the flow of the illicit synthetic opioid fentanyl across the borders.

The bill arms Customs and Border Protection with additional chemical screening devices to help detect illegal opioid smuggling. According to reports, back in 2017, the agency seized approximately 1,485 pounds of fentanyl.

“The opioid epidemic has devastated far too many Missouri families—and we need to be using every tool at our disposal to fight this crisis,” McCaskill said. “Amidst all the partisan bickering in Washington, I’m glad to be working across the aisle to get results in tackling this problem. This new law will get Customs and Border Protection the equipment they need to help stop illegal opioids from getting into the country and to Missouri.”

The bipartisan INTERDICT Act, which has the support of Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio, will provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection tools such as hi-tech chemical screening devices to help detect and intercept fentanyl and other illicit synthetic opioids. As McCaskill addressed during a Senate hearing last year, opioid ingredients are often shipped from China to Mexico for manufacture, only to be smuggled into the U.S. for sale on the black market.

(Edited Media Release)