Serial No. 115-38: Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs in International Mail, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 7, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the September 7, 2017 hearing on "Examining the Shipment of Illicit Drugs in International Mail," held before the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Jody Hice: 'Last year, 62,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. That is a staggering number. More than died in both Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug epidemic in American history, and it only continues to worsen. [...] When it comes to our nation's opioid epidemic, the ability to purchase drugs with just one click of a computer and have those drugs brought to this country is easy for most anyone to accomplish. Americans are now able to easily purchase powerful synthetic opioids, particularly from China, and have them shipped straight to their doorstep here in the United States via the United States Postal Service. Despite the billions of dollars our country spends each year on personnel, technology, and infrastructure to protect our southern borders, the U.S. Postal Service allows international packages to enter our country virtually unchecked. Because the U.S. Postal Service is not required to follow the same customs standards as its private competitors, it has become an attractive courier for international drug traffickers. [...] So, today, we are going to learn about how the U.S. Postal Service's lax security standards have led to an influx of illicit drugs entering our country. We will also explore ways in which the U.S. Postal Service can close that security gap between the mail service and the private competitors." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gregory Thome, Guy Cottrell, Todd C. Owen, Lori Rectanus, and Tammy Whitcomb.

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