NEW HAVEN \u2014 Standing on the New Haven Green Monday, where almost two months earlier dozens of people were rushed to the hospital after overdosing on K2, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said a recent legislative package passed by the legislature can prevent it from ever happening again. The Senate Wednesday voted 98-1 to approve a package of measures that will help fight the nation\u2019s opioid epidemic, including four measures cosponsored by Blumenthal. The package now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature. \u201cI\u2019m proud New Haven helped to provide an impetus for this measure. It gave the evidence that was important to advocate for this crackdown,\u201d Blumenthal said. Blumenthal emphasized one measure in the package that requires the U.S. Postal Service to collect and report electronic data on certain international shipments. The rash of overdoses on the Green in August reportedly were caused by traces of the drug FUBINACA, which officials said was manufactured in and shipped from Mexico and\/or China. Several U.S. Postal Service union officials arrived minutes after Blumenthal began the press event to advocate against the privatization of the service; Blumenthal shook their hands, and the representatives considered Blumenthal an ally. Those protesters didn\u2019t know Blumenthal mentioned the USPS. The proposal to increase electronic monitoring \u201cwould be taxing on workers,\u201d said Stephanie Stewart, a national officer of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Mark Jette, with the American Postal Workers Union, said the easy solution is to make more hires. \u201cAll additional work increases our workload, so we need to have more individuals to increase our workflow,\u201d he said. \u201cEverything has to be paid for.\u201d New Haven Emergency Operations Director Rick Fontana said Blumenthal had \u201canswered our call.\u201d He said the cost of Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, has put \u201ca damper on our budgets.\u201d One of the provisions in the package is an annual $500 million in funding for three years for Narcan and recovery coaches. To date, Blumenthal\u2019s office reported Connecticut has received $11 million in funding through the program. Assistant Police Chief Rachael Cain said police are \u201ccommitted to bringing justice to those who poison members of our community\u201d and mentioned one of the measures Blumenthal co-sponsored with Republican Iowan Sens. Chuck Grassley and Jodi Ernst, which provides grants to states to get pharmacies up to DEA compliance for drug take-backs. \u201cWe are not going to arrest our way out of this problem,\u201d Blumenthal said. He said fixing the opioid crisis will require more treatment and social services, education in schools and more transparency from pharmaceutical companies and prescribing doctors. \u201cThe approach needs to be expanded, which is not addressed in this bill,\u201d he said. Blumenthal said the legislative package went mostly unnoticed because \u201cthe news was mostly about (Supreme Court Justice) Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed.\u201d Blumenthal offered his thoughts on the process by which Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday, saying Republicans \u201c(broke) all of the norms.\u201d Now, he warned, the \u201cfar-right of this country\u201d has remade the judiciary in its image. \u201cOne party is in control of all three branches of government, which is dangerous,\u201d he said. When asked whether he wants Democrats to control all three branches of government, he said the American people want checks and balances. \u201cThere is a danger in any one party controlling all three branches,\u201d he said. He promised that the FBI report commissioned to investigate various claims made against Kavanaugh should be released through Freedom of Information Act requests, so the public can know about limits allegedly imposed on that investigation. Blumenthal said the next step is for citizens to vote in the upcoming election; both of Connecticut\u2019s both U.S. senators opposed Kavanaugh\u2019s confirmation from the time he was named.