Trump signs bill to provide fentanyl screening equipment at borders, ports, postal facilities

January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump late Wednesday signed a bill to provide more money and equipment for detecting imported fentanyl, an addictive and deadly synthetic narcotic, before at reaches its United States distributors.

The bill allocates $15 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to buy and use portable screening equipment at ports of entry and mail facilities.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, was one of four original sponsors of the bill, which passed the Senate in December and the House in October. He attended the White House signing ceremony with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

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