DHS at the frontline of fighting opioid crisis
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 11, 2018
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.