INTERDICT Act Passes US House

The fight against the opioid epidemic has many fronts – one of them being at our Nation’s borders and airports. In response to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids making their way into our country, the US House of Representatives recently passed the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICTS) Act (H.R.2142). This impressively-named bill would help US Customs and Border Protection personnel intercept fentanyl and other synthetic opioids by increasing the number of chemical screening devices and increasing the number of scientists available to interpret data collected from these devices.

This bill, which represents a positive step in the fight against the opioid crisis, now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass, and then be signed into law.​​​