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Washington lawmakers tackling opioid shipping loophole

Washington lawmakers tackling opioid shipping loophole

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Washington, D.C., August 17, 2017 | comments

Gregory L. Smith of Seattle was charged Monday with importing fentanyl from China.

Fentanyl is an opioid 50-times stronger and more deadly than heroin.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, some of the 24 packages shipped to Smith were labelled "toy", "commercial samples" or "health products."

The packages included no reference at all to the deadly opioid inside.

 

Washington State Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-1) is co-sponsoring a bill that would strengthen the monitoring of packages sent to the United States by international government postal services – such as the packages allegedly sent to Smith over the past six months.

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