New Senate Report Highlights Limitations of Postal Service in Tracking Fentanyl

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Large amounts of the deadly drug fentanyl, primarily shipped from China, are consistently arriving in the U.S. via the regular mail system, according to a new U.S. Senate report. The report identified six online sellers who had shipped to “more than 300 U.S. based individuals” primarily through the U.S. postal system. Further investigation found that “seven individuals had died of a synthetic opioid overdose after a transaction with one of the online sellers.”

Private shipping vendors and CSIP partners, such as FedEx and UPS, have more sophisticated digital data and tracking tools, enabling Customs and Border Patrol to more easily monitor and track shipments. The report recommends the requirement of this advanced digital data on international shipping via the U.S. postal service.

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