WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday afternoon plans to introduce a bill aimed to help protect Ohio law enforcement officers from accidental opioid overdoes by providing them new portable, high-tech, drug screening devices for in the field.

During the news conference call, held Wednesday, April 25, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, plan to introduce the bipartisan bill called the POWER Act. The bill will provide equipment through a grant from the justice department.

The devices will help Ohio officers and first responders using the same screening equipment that Customs and Border Protection agents use to detect deadly opioids, such as fentanyl, which is about 50 times more potent than heroin. President Trump signed the Brown’s INTERDICT Act for Customs and Border Protection into law earlier this year.

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