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Rep. Steve King attends Oval Office signing of bill targeting opioid trafficking

12 January 2018

Over the past six years, drug overdose deaths have become the most common cause of violent death in the USA, over and above road traffic accidents or weapons. "Nobody has ever seen anything like this".

In the most recent Weekend Edition, the Daily Journal reported that Kankakee County had reached an all-time high in drug overdose deaths, most of which can be attributed to opioids, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

Law enforcement officers across the country started carrying naloxone with them on drug raids a year ago to protect their four-legged partners.

The Iowa Department of Health has created an online tool that can be used to identify locations within the 4 Congressional District that can provide help to those struggling with drug addiction.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump said the bill is "a significant step forward" in the fight against powerful opioids such as fentanyl, calling the drugs "our new big scourge".

"They're using our postal system and they're killing our people, " Trump said Wednesday, according to USA Today.

The new law, called the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act, authorizes $9 million for Customs and Border Patrol to buy and man high-tech scanners that can quickly detect fentanyl and its many variations without requiring that packages be opened.

Trump suggested during his remarks that he'd like to take a more aggressive approach to the drug crisis - but the country's not ready for what he has in mind.

"It feels like a very giant step, but unfortunately it's not going to be a giant step because no matter what you do this is something that keeps pouring in", Trump said. Find us on Facebook too! 'Does anybody know what I mean?

Rep. Steve King attends Oval Office signing of bill targeting opioid trafficking