NWRA Urges Senate to Stop Flow of Opioids from China

NWRA Urges Senate to Stop Flow of Opioids from China

Legislation Provides Important Tools to Federal Agencies to Fight Opioid Crisis

Arlington, VA– The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) urged its members to contact their senators in support of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act. The House of Representatives passed the bill in June.

“This declared public health emergency not only decreases the pool of employable individuals at a time when the waste and recycling industry is experiencing a shortage of workers and drivers but also impacts those working in the industry who have family members and loved ones suffering from this addiction. The STOP Act would provide powerful tools to federal agencies in the fight against the opioid crisis. We support congressional efforts to crack down on the supply and demand of opioids while increasing treatment options for those addicted. NWRA urges the Senate to pass this bill quickly and send it to the President for his signature,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

The STOP Act would prevent the shipment of powerful opioid drugs to the U.S. via the international mail system. It would also impose tough new requirements on the U.S. Postal Service and Custom and Border Protection to curb the flow of synthetic opioids into the U.S., particularly from places like China.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association