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NEWS ALERT! Sen. Rick Scott is Working to Keep Americans Safe, Combat Opioid Epidemic

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NEWS ALERT!

Sen. Rick Scott is Working to Keep Americans Safe, Combat Opioid Epidemic 

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Sen. Rick Scott Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Tampa Area Sheriffs & Police Chiefs in Pinellas County
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On August 16, Senator Rick Scott hosted a roundtable discussion with Florida sheriffs and police chiefs at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the opioid epidemic and other issues facing Florida’s law enforcement community.

At the roundtable, Senator Scott announced his 
STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act, a six-pronged bill that provides state, local and federal agencies, in partnership with health care providers and first responders, much-needed tools and resources to combat this crisis and save lives.

Senator Rick Scott said, “As Florida's Governor and U.S. Senator, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Florida’s law enforcement officers to make sure they have every resource needed to keep our families safe. The destruction and loss seen in our communities due to America's raging opioid epidemic is only growing worse as the crisis created by President Biden's failed policies on our southern border continues. Florida's law enforcement is on the front lines of this crisis. I was proud to be in Pinellas County today with some of our great sheriffs and police chiefs to discuss their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and announce the introduction of my new bill, the STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act. I'll always stand with our brave law enforcement officers and never stop fighting to support the dangerous work they do to keep us safe.”

Read more HERE.
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Sen. Rick Scott Introduces STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act to Help Put an End to Opioid Epidemic
Senator Rick Scott introduced the Streamlining Text for Official Policy by Formulating Effective Needed Tools to Address Narcotics, Yearly Loss of Life and Protect Americans from Chemical Killers and Against Gangs Effectively (STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE) Act. As the opioid epidemic and fentanyl crisis continues to be the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, this six-pronged legislation provides state, local and federal agencies, in partnership with health care providers and first responders, much-needed tools and resources to combat this crisis and save lives.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For far too long, families in Florida and across America have suffered the pain and loss that comes with drug addiction and overdose. We have already lost hundreds of thousands of Americans to the opioid epidemic, but now this horrific crisis is being fueled at levels not seen before by massive amounts of deadly fentanyl flowing illegally over our southern border into our communities. The failed open border and amnesty policies implemented by President Joe Biden have only made this flow of illegal drugs worse and we must put an end to it. That’s why I am introducing the STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act. This legislation encourages coordination and partnership between our state, local and federal partners to help fight this crisis that is hurting so many people across the country. We need all hands on deck and every tool at our disposal to fight back against the lethal opioid epidemic so we can stop these completely preventable deaths and save lives.”

The STOP FENTANYL PACKAGE Act includes:
  • Professional and civil liability protections for health care providers, first responders, and lay administrators who take training on the proper administration of an opioid antagonist, if they administer such antagonist in good faith except in cases of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
  • Data collection on overdose-related deaths by directing the Attorney General and Secretary of HHS to collect more accurate data on overdose related deaths through the vital statistics managements systems of the States.
  • Law enforcement grants to improve response in the community by allowing the Attorney General to award grants to local law enforcement agencies in communities with high rates of overdoses to provide training to help officers better identify overdoses, upgrade essential systems for drug tracing and forensic laboratories, and provide training to better trace criminals through the darknet.
  • Elevating the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director to Cabinet-level position. The Office of National Drug Control Policy is an important tool in fighting the drug crises we are seeing across the country and should be treated as such. Along with elevating the office to a cabinet-level position to prioritize its duties in the administration, this bill would also provide a series of other reforms including working with DOJ and HHS to issue guidance on overdose deaths, codifying the Interagency Coordination Council, and applying the Congressional Review Act to final rules that are inconsistent with the National Drug Control Policy.
  • Provide necessary funding for the Fentanyl Profiling Program, which allows the DEA to better collect data on the drugs across the country and trace them through the illegal market.
  • Improve efficiency and results of the State Opioid Response Grants by directing the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to include an assessment of challenges faced by grant recipients in their annual report to Congress and provide grant recipients with best practices on how to obtain the best results in fighting opioid overdose.
Read more HERE.

Sen. Rick Scott’s Bipartisan END FENTANYL Act to Help Border Patrol Stop Drug Smuggling Advances in Senate
Senator Rick Scott’s bipartisan legislation, the Eradicating Narcotic Drugs and Formulating Effective New Tools to Address National Yearly Losses of Life (END FENTANYL) Act, passed out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and advances in the Senate. This legislation would require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to update its policies at least once every three years to ensure drug interdiction guidance is up to date. This legislation builds off the 2019 GAO report, “Land Ports of Entry: CBP Should Update Policies and Enhance Analysis of Inspections,” that found drug interdiction guidance has not been updated in 20 years. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Mike Braun, Maggie Hassan, Dianne Feinstein and Jacky Rosen.

Senator Rick Scott said, “For too long, the crushing heartbreak felt from losing a loved one to a drug overdose, and the opioids that cause them, have plagued American families. This epidemic, fueled by the massive amounts of fentanyl flowing illegally over our southern border into our communities, has only grown worse under Joe Biden’s failed open border policies. Every life taken by an accidental drug overdose is a preventable tragedy and we must do everything in our power to stop them. Today, is a big win in our fight against the lethal opioid epidemic, but it is not the end. We must see the END FENTANYL Act passed and signed into law, and continue our work to support our brave CBP agents, and all who are on the frontlines of this battle, ensuring they have every tool needed to fight back, keep these dangerous drugs out of our country and save lives.”

The END FENTANYL Act would:
  • Require the Commissioner of CBP to review and update the Office of Field Operations’ policies and handbooks, as necessary and at least once every three years in order to respond to illegal activity, such as the smuggling of drugs and humans, along the border.
  • Require the Commissioner of CBP to submit a report to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives that summarizes the policy and manual changes every three years.
Read more HERE.
 

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