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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dog keep watch at a checkpoint station on Feb. 22 2013 in Falfurrias Texas

Trump signs bipartisan bill to combat opioid trafficking

President Donald Trump has signed legislation aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices to stop the flow of illicit drugs, specifically opioids like fentanyl.

Trump has made fighting the opioid epidemic a centerpiece of his administration, though critics say he hasn't dedicated almost enough money or resources to make a difference.

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Representative King was in the oval office Wednesday when Trump signed a bill called the INTERDICT Act. Drugs are entering our country across our borders and even through our own postal system.

"So we're going to sign this". He said, "In Massachusetts, like OH, it's an epidemic", adding, "This is the epidemic". "It's gone from prescription drugs to heroin, but it is now a fentanyl epidemic in the country, and the legislation [Trump signed] will give the tools to our law enforcement, to our detection people in the country to be able to identify it before it gets into the hands of families in our country".

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King voted for the bipartisan bill, which he said is created to combat opioid abuse by providing chemical screening devices to U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees. It appropriates $9 million for hundreds of new screening devices, laboratory equipment, and facilities. "And 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", he said. "We're going to find the answer".

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