China Agrees To Label Fentanyl A Controlled Substance
If enforced, this could reduce the number of opioid deaths in the U. S.
During talks with President Trump on Saturday, China reportedly agreed to label the synthetic opioid fentanyl a controlled substance. The White House is calling this move a “wonderful humanitarian gesture.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that “a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that nearly half of opioid-related deaths in 2016 involved fentanyl.”
China agreed Saturday to label fentanyl a controlled substance after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The deadly synthetic opioid is responsible for tens of thousands of U.S. drug deaths annually.
The White House says Xi agreed to the move, long sought by the U.S., during a dinner Saturday between the two leaders on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
U.S. officials for years have been pressing the Chinese government to take a tougher stance against fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Most U.S. supply of the drug is manufactured in China.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the decision means that “people selling fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”
NEW: Xi agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, “meaning that people selling fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders says.
If China actually enforces this, could help reduce opioid deaths.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 2, 2018
Last year, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a “national public health emergency.”
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It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to find out the Chicomms have been intentionally dumping this poison in the US black market.
I would not trust the Chinese for a second. Every money making enterprise in Red China is controlled by the government/Party and they will not gladly abandon the profits to be made by sending drugs to the US.
Look at this chart, the number of overdose deaths caused by these synthetic Opioids is staggering:
That’s about 8X as many deaths as are attributed to scary black rifles in the USA every year.
Why isn’t the prog borg going ballistic over this issue? And why didn’t Jugears do SOMETHING (ANYTHING!) to save the children?
I don’t presume to know the demographics of the overdoses, but it could be that (around here anyway) it is not hitting one of the protected classes in a large enough numbers
It wouldn’t surprise me to discover the man God Barry was aware of the crises and did nothing about it.
Liberal complaints about the opiod crisis tend to be directed at “BIG PHARMA” which plays a very small part in the problem.
It’s not obvious that anything Xi says has anything at all to do with what China actually does. And nothing he says is likely to influence the American consumer market. The fundamental problem remains; there seems to be no way to convince persons who wish to consume drugs which will eventually kill them to take up some other hobby.