WASHINGTON (WEAU) -- Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is urging President Trump to sign a bill that may slow down a stream of Fentanyl into the country.
The bill would beef-up tools available to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, by spend nine million dollars to put fentanyl screening technology in their hands, and scientists by their sides.
Fentanyl is an incredibly potent and deadly opioid, that can kill, even in small doses.
Last year, 174 people died from Fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs in Milwaukee County, and the medical examiner expects that number to grow as more death reports are finalized.
Baldwin, and the bill’s other bipartisan cosponsors, want more synthetic opioids caught at the U.S. and Mexico border.
“Certainly, Congress needs to stand up, but the president can do more, and the thing he can do today, immediately, is sign this measure,” said Baldwin.
In 2016, Customs and Boarder protection found almost 200 pounds of fentanyl, and drugs like it. Most of that was seized at the country’s southern border.