Advocate for Small Business Commends Signing of Bipartisan Opioids Package into Law

By at 24 October, 2018, 4:59 pm



Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, comprehensive legislation to address the nation’s opioid crisis. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response:

“The opioid crisis is deeply affecting America’s communities, families and workplaces. It is draining our nation of valuable human capital. SBE Council commends leaders in the House and Senate who came together to fashion a comprehensive and bipartisan response to this horrible epidemic. We applaud the Administration for elevating the issue as a priority for action, and pushing for a response. Stopping the flow of deadly fentanyl into the U.S. is key to ending the crisis, and the STOP Act, an important feature of the opioids package, will help plug the flow. The U.S. Postal Service should not be used as an easy conduit to ship this poison into our country, and the new requirement that advanced electronic data be utilized by the postal service for international packages represents a long overdue step that will also boost national security and our economy.”

The technology to significantly curb the flow of deadly fentanyl has been readily available for some time. The STOP Act requires that the U.S. Postal Service utilize advanced electronic data, which means shipments from foreign countries would be required to use the technology to identify, for example, the sender, recipient, and contents of a package. This needed tool would not only deter the shipment of deadly opioids into our country, it would also help to prevent other illegal shipments like counterfeit goods from entering the U.S., which has a serious negative impact on America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. More than 1.3 million packages enter the United States daily without advance electronic security data. Utilizing this data would allow law enforcement to identify packages containing illicit, synthetic or counterfeit drugs, as well as dangerous materials and counterfeit goods.  Private shippers are required to use advanced electronic data.

Advancing the Synthetic Trafficking and Overdoes Protection Act (STOP Act) into law was a key priority in SBE Council’s “Growth via Global Trade and Strengthening IP 2018 Agenda.”

Related SBE Council content:

Small Business Advocate Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Opioids Package, September 17, 2018.

Letter to U.S. Senate: SBE Council Strongly Supports Opioids Package and the STOP Act, September 12, 2018. 

Podcast: Karen Kerrigan explains the importance of the STOP Act, SBE Council-Forbes Books Radio podcast, August 30, 2018. 

SBE Council Applauds President Trump’s Call for Action on the STOP Act, press release, August 21, 2018. 

Letter for the Record: Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Trade, Hearing on Opioids and the International Mail System, April 24, 2018.  


Karen Kerrigan,   

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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