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8 Finalists Announced in $1.55m Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced eight finalists in the first stage of the Opioid Detection Challenge, which is a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail. The Challenge is an S&T collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Since President Donald J. Trump announced the Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand on March 19, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has embarked on an aggressive inter-agency operation to implement the president’s initiative and to stem the flow of opioids into U.S. communities.

News Release: $1.55M Multi-Agency Opioid Challenge Launched

Today, the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million USD global prize competition, was launched by the DHS S&T, in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.


The opioid epidemic is devastating too many American communities. At the Department of Homeland Security, we are working with our partners here and overseas to stop the flow of illicit opioids at the source and interdicting narcotics before they reach our borders.

DHS Officials Discuss Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis

On June 19, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials participated in a hearing titled "Opioids in the Homeland: DHS Coordination with State and Local Partners to Fight the Epidemic." The hearing took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was held by the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Remarks at National Sheriffs’ Association Conference

Secretary Nielsen delivered a keynote address at the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 18th, 2018. During her remarks, she reiterated DHS’ commitment to partnering with the National Sheriffs’ Association in countering transnational criminal organizations, illegal immigration, human trafficking, and the opioid crisis.

Written testimony of CBP for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing titled “Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Exploiting Vulnerabilities in International Mail Security”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen addresses the of CBP in combating the flow of dangerous illicit drugs, including synthetic opioids, into the United States, specifically through international mail and express consignment carrier shipments.


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