Illegal drug use has caused significant problems in the United States since the 1960s, but in the past decade, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids have nearly doubled annually, with much of the narcotics being smuggled in passenger and cargo vehicles across our southern border
. Border officials have tried to solve this problem for years, but without legislative support to implement the latest technology and security measures at our U.S. ports of entry, the situation will only continue to grow.
Fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 49, according to a recent
analysis from the Washington Post. The highly fatal narcotic — just 2 milligrams make up a lethal dose — is cheaply manufactured in foreign labs, mostly in Mexico and China, and then added to the illegal drugs