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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Fentanyl crackdown is the biggest concession from Red China

I suppose CNBC had to take this approach to the story, "US will hold off on raising China tariffs to 25% as Trump and Xi agree to a 90-day trade truce." After all, the trade deficit with Red China is the biggest drag on the economy.

But there are two reasons this was not the biggest news.

Tom Petty and Prince.

Both musicians died from Fentanyl abuse.

Red China has engaged in an opium war against the United States. Americans buy $1.7 billion worth of Fentanyl from Red China every year.

Paragraph 6 of the CNBC report said, "Xi also plans to designate Fentanyl as a controlled substance, according to the statement. As the U.S. opioid crisis continues to rage, it would suggest that people selling the drug to parties in the U.S. would be subject to stiff penalties in China."

Opioid abuse is a plague on America. Both parties want it ended. President Trump made the opioid crisis a priority in his campaign.

Fox News reported on September 24, "A bipartisan bill aimed at curbing the nation’s crippling opioid epidemic would make U.S. aid for fentanyl-producing countries like China contingent on drug investigation cooperation. The Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act, put forth by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), would also require the State Department to identify nations that are major producers of fentanyl in its annual report on narcotics trafficking."

Getting Chairman Xi to pay at least lip service to ending this is an accomplishment.


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  1. Fentanyl exports to the US have not been intentional?

  2. A brief search about fentanyl was fascinating, as there are open advertisments for it from various suppliers, Chinese among them, so it appears to be fairly easy to buy online. Um, "don't try this at home," would be my advice!

    It appears that a large part of the problem is that fentanyl is used legitimately in prescriptions for pain relief, in patches, swabs, gels and as part of a tablet. So banning this drug outright means people suffering severe pain may not get the relief they need. That wouldn't be very popular with cancer sufferers or anyone having to deal with persistent high levels of pain, nor would it be compassionate.

    Don's posted a $1.7B figure for how much the US buys from China, but I don't know where this number came from or how accurate it is; seems like an awful lot of fentanyl to me.

    It's also completely synthetic; so there's no crop to target like the opium poppy is for opium & heroin. So although reducing or eliminating opioid abuse would be a good thing, I don't see how it's going to happen.

    Like the evils from Pandora's Box, it's been let out into our world, and there's no way to hide it away again.

    1. The first casualty in the War on Drugs was the truth. The second was justice.

    2. @ the December 2, 2018 at 10:43 PM comment:

      Your childlike naivete is adorable.

  3. So, we have some here that do not mind China trafficking in a highly addictive and dangerous opiod.

    We are not talking about manufacturer to distribution drug company, but stuff like online sales, without prescription.

  4. Buyer beware.

    To beware requires being aware.

    Being aware is required by all.

    Teach your children well.

    Those who fail to be aware will be devoured, sooner then later.

    To seek government to provide you with the luxury of being unaware is dumb.