A Nebraska State Trooper was honored Wednesday by President Donald Trump at the White House for his efforts in combating the opioid crisis.

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR, Collin Spilinek
October 25, 2018

Trooper Sam Mortensen was honored in the event, which had members of Congress and law enforcement in attendance.

Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an “extremely big dent” in the scourge of drug addiction in America by signing a bipartisan bill from Congress — and supported by all five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation — intended to attack the opioid crisis.

The legislation will add treatment options and get the U.S. Postal Service to screen overseas packages for a synthetic form of opioids called fentanyl, which is being shipped largely from China.

Closer to home, the Nebraska State Patrol has seized more than 176 pounds of fentanyl in the past year. In 2018 alone, more than 40 pounds of heroin and 2,000 dosage units of illegally possessed prescription drugs have been seized. Read More.