Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, officers, personnel, and canines are on the frontlines of preventing deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl from entering the U.S. This work carries a significant risk of accidental exposure and overdose. Providing proper training and protective gear to minimize and mitigate these risks is essential.
CBP has already acted to address the problems its Inspector General identified with fentanyl handling, storage, and overdose response at the agency. It’s already committed to putting Narcan kits at all storage vault sites, as well as training all its agents on using the kits. In light of CBP’s efforts, this legislation isn’t needed.