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S. 372 (115th): STOP Act of 2017

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252 bipartisan House cosponsors, more than for almost any other bill in recent memory, endorse the STOP Act, which aims to halt opioids like fentanyl from coming into America from other countries.


Opioid deaths from overdoses on products such as fentanyl have surged in recent years, with fatalities last year eclipsing the peak year of deaths for car crashes, guns, or AIDS. President Trump in October declared the opioid epidemic an official “public health emergency,” one level below the highest declaration of “national emergency.”

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Sponsor and status

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017
Length: 11 pages
Feb 14, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 14, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Feb 14, 2017

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S. 372 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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