Bill helps law enforcement detect drugs

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A group of lawmakers introduced the Officer Provision of Electronic Resources (POWER) law, which they said would provide national and local law enforcement with drug detection devices.

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said the measure would establish a new grant program through the Department of Justice (DOJ), helping state and local law enforcement agencies secure portable screening devices.

“Fentanyl continues to devastate families and communities in Ohio and across the country, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Portman said. “Congress must continue to give law enforcement and other first responders the tools they need to detect and stop fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. The POWER Act is another important step in this effort.

Officials said the same high-tech control devices were secured for customs and border protection officials through the INTERDICT law.

Law enforcement officers are at the forefront of our efforts to combat illegal fentanyl,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), co-sponsor of the legislation. “Following our success in securing new testing devices for federal law enforcement officers, we must give Ohio officers the same tools to detect these dangerous drugs. “

Officials noted that the equipment uses laser technology to analyze potentially harmful substances while identifying those based on a library of thousands of compounds classified in the device.


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