U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced Tuesday that her legislation, the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act, had advanced the Senate by unanimous consent and is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
Rosen, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, said the legislation would provide U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel with chemical screening devices that could detect synthetic opioids, and require that DHS develop a database to track newly identified synthetic opioids coming into the United States from outside its borders.
“Our nation’s opioid epidemic has impacted the health of countless Americans,” Rosen said. “I’m glad to see the Senate vote to support policies that reduce the flow of illegal substances into the United States. By providing law enforcement officers the tools needed to detect and identify dangerous synthetic opioids, we are taking a step toward reducing this epidemic and better protecting the health of Americans.”
Rosen introduced the legislation along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).
“We must give our U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents the technology they need to identify drugs like fentanyl and stem the flow of opioids across our border,” Cornyn said. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for coming together on this legislation, which can help us end the opioid addiction crisis plaguing our communities.”