WASHINGTON -- A group of senators from both parties — including Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman — have introduced a bill that would authorize $20 million in grants to states to allow local police to buy sophisticated screening devices that can detect the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl.

The bill would provide local police access to the same type of hand-held screening devices used by U.S. Customs officials to detect opioids as they enter the country. The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump in March included $65 million for federal officials to buy those devices.

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