Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids - including prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl - is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is estimated at more than $78 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Postal Inspectors play a key role in investigating those who mail opioids. We identify drug parcels, and also work to identify and find the sender and recipients. But law enforcement is only one solution. Education is a critical component to curbing the abuse of prescription medications and must target every segment of society, including doctors. You might not be a victim of this epidemic, but you might know someone who is. Protect them. Don't let them become a victim.
If mail was used in a crime, even if the crime began on the Internet, phone, or in person, report it to Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455, or at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.