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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday January 28 2018, @04:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-gray-web dept.

With Google, Bitcoins, and USPS, Feds realize it's stupid easy to buy fentanyl

A congressional report released Wednesday lays out just how easy it is for Americans to buy the deadly opioid fentanyl from Chinese suppliers online and have it shipped to them via the government's own postal service. The report also lays out just how difficult the practice will be to stop.

After Googling phrases such as "fentanyl for sale," Senate investigators followed up with just six of the online sellers they found. This eventually led them to 500 financial transaction records, accounting for about $766 million worth of fentanyl entering the country and at least seven traceable overdose deaths.

[...] "Thanks to our bipartisan investigation, we now know the depth to which drug traffickers exploit our mail system to ship fentanyl and other synthetic drugs into the United States," Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said in a statement. "The federal government can, and must, act to shore up our defenses against this deadly drug and help save lives."

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:19PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:19PM (#629507)

    lower the death rate

    Why? If the death penalty reduces crime, why not let overdoses reduce drug use amongst the living? The message should be "DON'T USE DRUGS!", not this mamby pamby "oh you poor little snowflake".. Otherwise the whole world will become filled with addicts and other mental cripples. What better (and cheaper) way is there to control the growth of that segment of society than to simply let them die off? Society needs to practice more tough love for its people. Amputate the diseased parts before they infect the whole. Only then can it be healthy and flourish.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:29PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:29PM (#629511) Journal

    What is Darwin for $1000 Alex?

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday January 28 2018, @10:28PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday January 28 2018, @10:28PM (#629614)

    Why? If the death penalty reduces crime, why not let overdoses reduce drug use amongst the living?

    Because, it's not just the poor and stupid who get hooked on illegal painkillers. It's also the rich and stupid [nytimes.com], and they need protection from themselves.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by lars on Monday January 29 2018, @01:36AM

    by lars (4376) on Monday January 29 2018, @01:36AM (#629665)

    What crime? The crime produced is due to it being illegal in the first place.

    All that's left is DUI/public intoxication. DUI will be a thing of the past with self driving cars. Public intoxication isn't much of an issue, as well as being something that can be prevented effective with enforcement as it already is.