The Senate approved bipartisan opioid legislation, cracking down on shipments trump called “almost a form of warfare”

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The Senate on Monday approved a package of sweeping bipartisan legislation to combat the nation’s ongoing opioid and illegal drug epidemic by a 99-1 vote, just a month after President Trump called foreign shipments of illegal drugs from China and Mexico, “almost a form of warfare” and called for legal action against the opiate manufacturer.

The news was a rare moment of unity in the Senate in the midst of a fiercely partisan midterm season, as both parties moved to a national crisis, Federal officials said has killed more than 100 people in the US every day. California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania each had more than 4,000 people die of drug overdoses in the year 2016, while seven other States each lost more than 2,000 people to drugs, according to the most recent figures available.

The legislation now goes to the house of representatives to bring it in line with the Senate language. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was the lone dissenters. He slammed the legislation in a speech for the creation of a series of “inexplicable Federal grant programs, [which] does not help much” and suggested that Congress was simply “throwing money”, what he considered to be a very real problem.

With a cost of more than $8 billion, the package of bills, a multitude of new guidelines for the Federal authorities and new restrictions to prevent the synthetic opioid fentanyl, and other drugs are delivered in the country-a particular focus for Trump management.

To Act known as the plastics, human trafficking, and Overdose prevention act (“STOP”), that this part of the legislation requires that the U.S. Postal Service will receive the same types of electronic records of foreign shipments, the other commercial shippers, including UPS and FedEx. The records include the contents of the package, and the name of the sender.

Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was of sen to help, customs agents, after officials said the Post was used as a loophole for drug dealers.

“We are overrun with fentanyl,” Portman, who studied the Problem for more than a year, while serving on the Senate reporters said the Permanent Subcommittee on investigations. “It is 50 times stronger than heroin. It is very inexpensive. It comes primarily from China and comes in primarily through our US Postal Service, if you can believe it.”

It is outrageous that Toxic Synthetic Heroin, Fentanyl comes pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China. We can and must END THIS NOW! The Senate should pass the STOP ACT and fixed this poison STOP killing our children and destroying our country. No further delay!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018

President Trump has announced the measure, writing last month that the STOP Act would help “to STOP this poison from killing our children and destroying our country.”

Lee praised the part of the legislation but said the measure was thrown to a vote in the Senate, individually and on its own merits, but as “in a pot, along with dozens of other bills, in this 350-page package.”

The Utah legislature to the Senate the legislation of the Clinton-era Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which, as he said “failed miserably” in spite of “good intentions”.

To require in the legislation a provision whereby the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug manufacturers package small quantities of drugs such as opioids, as well as new grant to Fund programs, drug treatment and recovery centers.


And these measures would more than double the number of patients to whom doctors can prescribe buprenorphine, a drug for the treatment of opioid addiction, 275.

“We help people suffering in the hands of an opioid addiction is one of the major causes of this Congress,” speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement after the vote.

He added that the house and Senate bills are similar: “We will direct Federal agencies to expand community programs, the access to treatment. We authorize grants for the support of recovery centers. And we prioritize stopping the flow of synthetic opioids in the country by closing transit gaps in the United States Postal Service.”


In June, the house passed called by a vote of the 396-14 top Republicans, a “suite” of opioid-legislation that incorporated dozens of smaller bills, including one that encouraged States to hike coverage under Medicaid for people with drug abuse problems — a suffering increasingly from the elderly.

The house legislation also added methadone clinics, for Medicare, among other measures.

“It’s just a story after another of crisis and death, and addiction. It swept over the country,” Rep. Greg Walden, R-ore., the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News. “People, the depth and the circumference, and the width was really not until it’s too late.”

The Senate differs slightly from the house bill in some respects. For example, the Senate health and Human Services Department (HHS) ordered the review of best practices for the exchange of confidential patient data under-qualified medical personnel, in which the house, raises some privacy concerns, by almost the manufacture of such communication easier.

Last October, the White house declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and the trump administration has undertaken steps to combat the national problem.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 115 Americans die every day from opioid-related deaths involved. Opioids, including prescription and heroin, killed 42 000 people in the United States in the year 2016.

Overall, drug overdose deaths in the year of 2017 increased to 72,000, up almost 6,000 from 2016. Preliminary data from the year 2018, however, suggested that the numbers may Trend down in the Wake of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the epidemic.

In a Cabinet meeting in August, a trombone, a note of warning and optimism sounded in the crisis.

“It’s a shame,” Trump said. “And we can stop it.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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