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US Ambassador To The UK And State Department Warns Americans: If You Want To Get Home ‘Do It Now’

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United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson warned Americans in the United Kingdom that if they wished to return to the U.S.  to “do it now” as airlines continue to shut down services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a Tweet posted Wednesday Ambassador Johnson reaffirmed that Heathrow Airport, in London is still open to flights heading to the United States but that could change. As of Wednesday he said employees at the airport are ready to assist Americans trying to get home.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters he is urging Americans who are still abroad and who want to get home to do so “immediately.” He said commercial and government-chartered flights could soon stop due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Americans who wish to return home from abroad should do so immediately and make arrangements to accomplish that,” said Pompeo.

“If you are a U.S. citizen and want to fly to the U.S. do it now,” said Ambassador Johnson. “Commercial flights are still available but nobody knows how long it will last. The Embassy’s Consular team and the CBP team at Heathrow do incredible work to provide services & assist in repatriating Americans!”

On Tuesday, British Airways announced that it will suspend all flights to and from London’s Gatwick airport amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the BBC. The report came after EasyJet’s suspension of flights when the U.K. government warned citizens to stay put and only travel for essential needs.,

BBC reported that British Airways told its staff members that it was a challenging environment in “unprecedented circumstances.”

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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