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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 sjames on Tuesday January 30 2018, @02:03AM

    by sjames (2882) on Tuesday January 30 2018, @02:03AM (#630145) Journal

    Sounds about typical, sadly. If the urgent care was anything like the one near me, it's just as well. Apparently they can't do an IV and if you look even vaguelky dehydrated, they'll send you to the ER. Yeah, paramedics can do it by the roadside, it can be done in the clubhouse at an MLB game, but it's beyond "urgent" care. 8 hour wait (so much for any sense of urgency). Bill from collection agency arrives before bill from the ER does (months later). Yes, they sent it to collections before even trying to bill it.

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