Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott led a bipartisan group of his colleagues Wednesday in reintroducing a bill to Eradicate Narcotics and Formulate Effective New Tools to Address Annual National Loss of Life (END FENTANYL), according to announced in a statement.
This legislation, which is particularly focused on fentanyl trafficking, would require the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to update its policies at least once every three years to ensure that drug interdiction guidance at the United States borders is up to date. updated.
The bipartisan bill also focuses on improving the fight against drug trafficking on the border with Mexico, especially that referring to the distribution of fentanyl.
This regulation had already been approved in the previous legislature by the Senate but it was not voted on in the House of Representatives, so in the current legislative cycle that began in January, the senators put it back on the table for consideration.
The rule further establishes that CBP presents a report that summarizes the changes contemplated in the control of drug trafficking at the border the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.
“Every life taken by an accidental drug overdose is a preventable tragedy and we must do everything in our power to stop it,” Rick Scott said in a statement.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last December that in 2022 it seized 379 million potentially fatal doses of fentanyl, “enough to kill all US citizens.”
“The damage that fentanyl has already caused is irreparable. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45. However, we can act to mitigate the continued devastation that it is causing,” stressed the Republican congressman. Michael Guestwho will defend that measure in the House of Representatives.
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Source: La Opinion