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Customs on High Alert to Prevent Fentanyl, Other Drugs From Entering U.S. Thru Mail

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By June 25, 2018

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is one of the main ports of entry for packages entering the country through mail, making it the front line of defense against mail-order opioids. The U.S. Mail service got indirectly insulted by cartels and other drug mailers, by suggesting not to use Fed-Ex or other, more secure package handlers, and instead use the mail service.

You’d never think that was a good idea looking at the sniffer dogs and the inspectors carefully poring over the X-rays and anything written or personally handled. Customs agents proudly note that they can spot the most interesting packages almost at a glance.

Though dangers to one’s health is itself enough of a reason to seek drug rehab in NJ to quit abusing opioids, maybe this kind of thing is what some people need. Troubles with the law, throwing money away from packages being intercepted, and possible jail time are certainly excellent reasons to contact us to learn more about NJ drug rehab.


The front line of the campaign against the dangerous opioid fentanyl can be found in a cavernous hangar at O’Hare International Airport patrolled by drug-sniffing dogs and sharp-eyed X-ray machine operators.

Their job: figure out which of the tens of millions of parcels that pass through here each year might contain the powerful synthetic drugs blamed for a soaring rate of fatal overdoses.

Does the package come from a sender known for shipping fentanyl? Is it wrapped with what seems to be an excessive amount of tape? Is its manifest written in a scribbled hand, or folded over to foil an easy read? Does the X-ray image show a blob that could be a bag of powder?

“After a while, you’re able to identify which packages are most interesting,” said Officer Francis Byrne of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for screening international mail. Continue Reading at Chicago Tribune

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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