Trump signs ‘Interdict Act’ to help stop opioid smuggling
Flanked by a group of bipartisan lawmakers who supported the legislation, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Interdict Act into law on Wednesday (January 10).
The law provides Customs and Border Protection agents with the latest screening technology to prevent the smuggling of illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl into the United States. An estimated 20,000 Americans died as a result of using synthetic opioids in 2016, Trump said.
In the United States, deaths from drug overdoses have surpassed deaths by firearms and motor vehicle crashes, according to a 2017 Drug Enforcement Administration report.
Trump has declared a public health emergency over opioid abuse, promising to increase treatment but initially dedicating no money for it.