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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: 2) by requerdanos on Sunday January 28 2018, @07:36PM (3 children)

    by requerdanos (5997) on Sunday January 28 2018, @07:36PM (#629550) Journal

    As a smoker...I can tell you how it works: you pull a pack out of your pocket and a cigarette out of the pack, all without looking. The pack disappears back in your pocket, and the lighter comes out of your other pocket, all without looking.

    As a multi-decade former smoker, I can also tell you that sometimes "how it works" is that you are bored when you happen to decide to smoke a cigarette, and you not only read but carefully examine every detail of the pack, the lighter, the unsmoked cigarettes, the one you are smoking, etc.

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by frojack on Sunday January 28 2018, @07:44PM (2 children)

    by frojack (1554) on Sunday January 28 2018, @07:44PM (#629552) Journal

    As a never-smoker, I look at both you and the AC as utterly insane individuals.
    But I bet you are both in favor of free government supplied health care.

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    • (Score: 2) by requerdanos on Sunday January 28 2018, @09:35PM

      by requerdanos (5997) on Sunday January 28 2018, @09:35PM (#629585) Journal

      As a never-smoker, I look at both you and the AC as utterly insane individuals.

      Smoking was not an activity arrived at by an excess of sanity on my part. I did finally stop.

      But I bet you are both in favor of free government supplied health care.

      Well, sure, if a government somewhere is sitting on a huge free supply of health care, then I am all for them releasing it.

      I suspect not, however.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 29 2018, @12:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 29 2018, @12:35AM (#629652)

      But I bet you are both in favor of free government supplied health care.

      Fuck you and your high puppy you are riding on.

      On a second thought, I'll let the puppy alone and fuck you twice. With a jackhammer.