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Upton Votes to Halt Overseas Shipments of Synthetic Opioids

Bipartisan bill passes by 353 to 52 vote

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Washington, June 14, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5788, the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevent (STOP) Act, by a 353 to 52 vote:

“Every day, powerful synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are ordered online and then shipped from countries like China into the United States. This common-sense, bipartisan legislation will close loopholes in the mail system currently being exploited by drug traffickers. As I’ve met with local leaders on this issue, it’s been troubling to learn that West Michigan doesn’t have the resources to deal with this problem. That is unacceptable and this bill will help. We must continue working together to fight the opioid epidemic. Families everywhere are counting on us.”

According to a newly released report, fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, was listed as a contributing death in more than half of the accidental overdose deaths in Kalamazoo County in 2017.

Click here for a summary of the bill.

Learn more about Upton’s work to combat the opioid epidemic here.

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