DHS at the frontline of fighting opioid crisis

The Department of Homeland Security needs to hire thousands more port officers to help address the flow of opioids entering into the country, Government Executive reports.

According to the report, in its own internal analysis, the need for more staffing at ports of entry runs in contrast to President Trump’s DHS hiring priorities, as staffing boosts to protect the border have included Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but not additional officers at ports of entry.

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee contend that the drugs are almost exclusively coming through ports of entry or the U.S.  mail, the article notes, adding they also said port officers are the last line of defense in preventing illicit opioids in most cases and increasing resources and staffing at ports of entry is critical to addressing the crisis.

Reader comments

Wed, May 16, 2018 Jim

Probably ought to spread any boost in budget out between More border patrol AND more inspections at ports of entry, both. Doesn't look too good the way things are right now. Administration wants to just go after illegal immigrants.

Tue, May 15, 2018

Interesting DHHS is run by a CEO of major pharma. Opioid sales are big business and profits, and the sales paid the way for the elected officials from the top down to the bottom feeding congress and senators the guardians of the swamp.

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