Ohio Senator Rob Portman responded on Monday to China’s decision to regulate all fentanyl-related drugs as a class of controlled substances.
In the release, Portman gave the following statement:
“I am pleased to see news reports that China announced it will place fentanyl-related substances on its list of controlled substances. This could be a powerful first step towards limiting fentanyl-related deaths here in the United States, but we must monitor closely how China implements and enforces these new restrictions. Congress enacted the STOP Act last year to help stop the influx of fentanyl into the U.S. from China, and that legislation is now being implemented. As part of that process, China must also step up to provide the U.S. Postal Service advanced electronic data so U.S. Customs and Border Protection can target, track, screen, and interdict packages suspected of containing illegal drugs.”
Portman’s Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act was signed into law in November, which helps reduce fentanyl supply shipping through the U.S. Postal Service.