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Trump Slams China for Failing to Halt Fentanyl Exports to U.S.

Trump Slams China for Failing to Halt Fentanyl Exports to U.S.

The rate of fentanyl fatalities is slowing while methamphetamine seizures have spiked.

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Three months ago, China promised in the recent trade negotiations it would halt illegal shipments of the opioid fentanyl into this country.

While President Donal Trump was hopeful China would enforce the agreement, he has now accused his Chinese counterpart of failing to fulfill the promises.

“My friend President Xi said that he would stop the sale of fentanyl to the United States – this never happened and many Americans continue to die,” Trump said in a tweet.

“We’re losing thousands of people to fentanyl,” he later told reporters.

The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, there is some good news on the war against opioid addiction. Drug overdose deaths have dropped in this country for the first time since 1990.

Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990.

The decline was due almost entirely to a dip in deaths from prescription opioid painkillers, the medicines that set off the epidemic of addiction that has lasted nearly two decades.

… “We are all cautiously optimistic and grateful to see this drop,” said Patrick Trainor, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Philadelphia, a city that has been particularly hard hit by fentanyl deaths. “But no one can point to any one thing.”

Many in the addiction and law enforcement fields say the overall drop in overdose deaths may be because of a combination of changes in prescribing that have tightened the supply of opioid pills. More cautious prescribing of opioid painkillers has been a result of numerous limits instituted in many states in recent years. Prescription painkillers were the main cause of overdose deaths until heroin, and then fentanyl, surpassed them over the last decade.

Drug enforcement professionals indicate that the enhanced awareness of the dangers of fentanyl has slowed the rise in the number of deaths associated with that substance. Additionally, the fading presence in some regions of carfentanil, a deadly and more potent analog of fentanyl, could also be a factor in the drop.

It’s smart that the Trump administration has a multi-faceted approach to addressing the drug crisis. China appears to be stalling and hoping to wait for a new US president instead of negotiating with the current one in good faith.

Sadly, however, methamphetamine is surging now.

Federal drug data provided exclusively to NPR show seizures of meth by authorities have spiked, rising 142% between 2017 and 2018.

“Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs,” says John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government’s National Emerging Threats Initiative, part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program. “So if seizures have more than doubled, it probably means more than double trafficking in methamphetamines. And with that go additional deaths.”

Overdose deaths involving meth and other psychostimulants did rise last year — by 21% (to 12,987 from 10,749 in 2017) — according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The US government was the main driver of the opioid crisis. The government pressed doctors to treat pain as a condition per se, instead of a symptom. They tried to override the better judgment of resistant doctors, with the predictable results.

Now there are more, compensatory, rules.

Meanwhile, California was nearly by-passed by the opioid epidemic, and this appears to be unrelated to the advent of “medical” marijuana, despite the enthusiasm of potheads.

There are very good modalities for treating pain that are not part of US traditional medicine: massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. They are great for sports injuries and car wrecks, in particular. Also, massage is good for any case involving abdominal surgery, to avoid the development of adhesions.

Finally, once both doctors and patients knew that opioids are addictive, they simply declined to use these dangerous drugs.

Good on Trump for trying to put an end to some of the drug trafficking, but the Chinese were only trying to make money off our own government’s excesses.

All around China is really proving itself to be a real tyrant, not only of its own people, especially the unborn, but of everyone and every other country.

Drug Prohibition is our own fault. We learned that from Alcohol Prohibition.

Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.

Post USA Civil War alcoholism was called “the soldiers disease”

Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Look it up.

    Excellent points.

    Self-destructive people almost ALWAYS have a past trauma driving them to destruction. Just ask any prostitute or stripper: they’ve almost always have been sexually abused by a trusted adult as a child.

China has been an uncooperative negotiating partner from square one. They will say and then sign anything to get an agreement. Then they lie, steal and cheat while our politicians sell out American interests. This is why Trump has not been in a hurry to sign a deal as good as it would be (in the very short term) for the stock market upon any announcement. Winnie the Pooh is proving to be a typical tyrant.

It’s like Nixon once said about the Chinese, it’s a mistake to think of them as communists. They are Chinese and this is how they have done business forever. Or like Reagan said about the Russian negotiating strategy, “What’s ours is ours and what’s yours is negotiable. Trust but verify.”

So they went nuclear on Monday by allowing their Chinese Clam to spiral down. So Trump raised the ante again by declaring them to be currency manipulators and sailing the bristling USS Ronald Reagan boldly through the South China Sea.

China then announces they will cut off all US food imports (as if starving your own people is not a strong card in this game). China, seeing capital outflows accelerating, then blinked and stepped in to defend their currency as their military threatens to crack down on protestors (waving American flags) in their financial capital Hong Kong.

Trump just secured yet another big spending boost to the military so time is NOT on China’s side in their game of delay. If they think Trump has a strong hand today, wait until he is re-elected in a landslide in 2020.

A collapses of the China-Russia-EU axis is just what Trump needs to finally start slashing out-of-control spending in the US. At least, that is what I am hoping. Trump’s second term will be much different than his first.

I don’t get this. Fentanyl is an important anesthetic used probably thousands of times per day in hospitals. Are we talking about black market Fentanyl here? Is there even any Fentanyl produced in America any more? Maybe the root problem is that the pharmaceutical industry has moved offshore and thus America has lost control.

    Barry in reply to snopercod. | August 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

    “Are we talking about black market Fentanyl here?”

    Yes, Chinese produced and illegally shipped into the USA with the willingness of the Chinese government.

      Paul in reply to Barry. | August 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

      The Chinese always play the long game.

      I believe they’re doing so as a purposeful, strategic move to “hollow out” entire generations of America’s youth.

        Barry in reply to Paul. | August 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

        Absolutely. The Chinese know exactly what they are doing.

        walls in reply to Paul. | August 8, 2019 at 8:52 am

        Agree with the long game analysis. I read yesterday that China is gambling on Trump not being re-elected, and is stalling on trade negotiations …. essentially, they have no intent whatsoever on negotiating anything. It’s all a stall tactic.

        Trump must recognize this ….. he should immediately hike all tariffs to 50% on everything. Let the dems howl …. I don’t care. With the balance of trade so out of whack anyway, hurt them BIGLY. Their economy is now going through a downturn. I say turn it down faster.

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