U.S. Postal Service falling short of targets in major opioids law

The U.S. Postal Service is not complying with a new law that requires it to collect electronic data on foreign packages before they arrive, leaving “unacceptable vulnerabilities” in the process that roots out deadly synthetic opioids, a key senator said Thursday.

Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, told the postal service he will demand progress, citing data that say it collected advanced electronic data on just 76 percent of packages shipped from China and 57 percent of data on packages from all foreign posts in January.

The STOP Act, which Mr. Portman shepherded into law last year, required the postal service to collect the data on all Chinese packages and 70 percent of the international flow by the end of 2018.

The main purpose of the STOP Act, which President Trump touted as part of sweeping opioids legislation, is to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection a heads up on packages entering the U.S., so they can recognize patterns and intercept parcels that may contain illicit fentanyl from clandestine labs overseas.

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