Officials in Chicago Fight Flood of Mail Order Fentanyl Arriving From China
Using technology that would make even Al Capone impressed, the current wave of drug bootleggers are using modern websites and sophisticated shipping to send a continuous flight of fentanyl into the US via Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
This week federal officials, the Illinois State Police and Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled new high-tech detection systems at the O’Hare mail facility, aimed at curbing the influx of fentanyl and other deadly opioids.
“There is great urgency to curb the spread of the opioid epidemic as more Illinoisans die each year from overdoses,” Rauner said. “These enhanced screening procedures will decrease the prevalence of opioids and fentanyl entering our communities. Collaboration amongst federal, state and local government is crucial to combat the projected increases in opioid-related deaths.”
Much of the challenge from this latest onslaught is that such small traces are fentanyl are needed per dose. According to experts, unlike heroin and prescription painkillers, which are relatively bulky, enough fentanyl to get nearly 50,000 people high can fit in just one standard first-class envelope.
Despite the challenges, Governor Rauner said that the state’s goal is to “cut opioid deaths by one third over the next three years.”
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