The top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is joining a bi-partisan effort targeting the opioid epidemic. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill released a report, on Wednesday, showing dramatic increases in the amount of illicit opioids continuing to cross over the borders into the U.S.. The report also shows the amount of fentanyl seized by border patrol agents increasing by more than 70-percent in a single year. Other key findings in the report show, between 2013 and 2017, that 98-percent of opioids interdicted by the border patrol were seized near the southern border while, in recent years, the trend has shifted to opioids being brought in through ports of entry and are being seized later well inside the US. The Senator favors a bill signed into law by President Trump arming the border patrol with more screening devices to help detect illegal opioids and sponsored a bill, herself, which reauthorizes Homeland Security to target trans-national criminal organizations along the border and at U.S. ports. McCaskill is also joining Republicans wanting answers about what efforts are being made to limit illegal drugs from being mailed into the U.S. from China, Hong Kong and other foreign countries.