Press Release

Blackburn Endorses Bill to Create Opioid Task Force

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Washington, November 3, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON—Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday co-sponsored a bill, the Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act, which would establish a federal task force to address trafficking of the deadly drugs.

“Illicit opioids, heroin and fentanyl laced drugs are destroying lives and tearing apart families and communities,” Blackburn said. “The death rates are increasing.My work on the issue began over five years ago and I join with colleagues today in taking another action.We must have these federal agencies work together to stop this epidemic in our country.”

The Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act establishes a task force made up of law enforcement agencies to eradicate the illicit fentanyl and heroin trade. This legislation works to continue the efforts to bring together federal agencies for comprehensive action against the fentanyl and heroin epidemic.

The bill creates an inter-agency task force that will coordinate federal agency efforts to identify, target and dismantle organizations that traffic fentanyl as well as identify the sources of fentanyl and heroin production and distribution. In addition, the task force will work with state and local law enforcement agencies to make sure they have the best practices for handling and disposing of fentanyl, have necessary and updated information on targeting and taking down organizations that traffic fentanyl and heroin, and have operation and investigative support for these efforts.

The Task Force will consist of members from the following agencies: Customs and Border Protection, DEA, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, International Trade Administration, IRS, Office of National Drug Control Policy, United States Postal Inspection, and the possibility of two additional federal agency representatives chosen by the Attorney General.

Blackburn represents Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.



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