Postal Service Abets Opioid Epidemic Legally

With everything we hear about the epidemic of opioid use and abuse in this country the U.S. Postal Service shares some of the blame because much of the stuff gets shipped from abroad through USPS channels. Trouble is, this practice is perfectly legal.

The Postal Service could be blamed for contributing to the epidemic of opioid addiction in this country since it allows companies in China, India and elsewhere to ship illegal varieties of these drugs into this country, according to Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA. http://www.poconorecord.com/opinion/20170731/opinion-stop-opioids-from-being-delivered-by-us-postal-service.

A 2002 law absolves the USPS from having to track illegal shipments of drugs like Fentanyl and others from foreign countries into the U.S. Some of these drugs can even be lethal in small doses.

Right now, opioid addiction widespread and has attracted the attention of such officials as President Donald Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

At least in Ohio, there were at least 1,155 opioid-related deaths in 2015—the latest figures available, according to Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/08/08/opioid-epidemic-high-tech-solutions-compete-for-ohio-grants.html

Predictably, Trump thinks he best way to combat the problem is through tough law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-opioid-20170808-story.html

A bill, the STOP or Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention Act, sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Rob Portman (R-OH) seek s to stop letting the USPS from handling these shipments and sets up electronic tracking of them https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=press-releases&id=BF850640-555A-4939-B46B-181895F561D0.

Congress is currently out of session until after Labor Day.

Some people are likely to blame the USPS for contributing to the opioid epidemic and find some justification for further degrading the agency.
After all, for-profit shippers like Fedex and United Parcel Service are requ9ired by law to track overseas drug shipments.

Separately, another powerful actor in the world, Amazon.com, also wants to degrade the USPS by effectively forcing individuals who sell books through its website not to use Media Mail—the postal designation formerly known as Book Rate–and go for faster and more expensive means, according to CNBC
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/07/amazon-is-telling-booksellers-to-speed-up-delivery-time-by-up-to-40-percent.html. The sellers have to Aug. 31 to comply.

This is quite hypocritical since Amazon has several joint ventures with the USPS including one five years ago to deliver its products on Sunday using USPS delivery vehicles and part-time personnel.

Also, didn’t Amazon start out as an online bookseller before it got into practically everything else?

Hypocrisy never seems to bother business people or politicians. Especially when they can profit from it.

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One Response to Postal Service Abets Opioid Epidemic Legally

  1. Lynn N. says:

    How does Amazon profit by forcing the small business owners to pay more for shipping? I guess this will hurt the consumers more than anything, but I’m not seeing how Amazon makes more money on it.

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