We are working with our interagency and international partners to stop the flow of illicit opioids across our borders and make our communities safer.
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.
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 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.
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.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Office of Illicit Trade, Travel, and Finance Deputy Assistant Director Greg Nevano addresses the crisis of heroin and illicit fentanyl in the United States and the efforts of ICE to target, investigate, disrupt, dismantle and bring to justice the criminal elements responsible for the manufacturing, smuggling, and distribution of dangerous opioids.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that he will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support Robert Perez addresses the role of CBP in combating the flow of dangerous synthetic opioids, particularly illicit fentanyl, into the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Director for Investigations Matt Allen addresses the heroin and fentanyl crisis in the United States and the efforts of ICE to target, investigate, disrupt, dismantle and bring to justice the criminal elements responsible for the manufacturing, smuggling, and distribution of dangerous opioids.