Fentanyl Flowing into US Overwhelmingly Sourced from China

Epoch Times:

China’s “export-led economic strategy and lack of regulatory oversight” are responsible for most illicit and synthetic fentanyl in the United States, think tank Rand Corporation recently testified to Congress.

The global policy think tank told the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee that the rising opioid epidemic was initially fueled by an oversupply of prescription oxycodone and hydrocodone, but by 2019 morphed into an illicit synthetic opioid crisis causing “approximately two-thirds of all opioid overdose deaths.”

Pharmaceutically-pure fentanyl is an opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. The compound was approved in 1968 as a transdermal skin patch for pain management treatment of very sick cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or hospice.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Enforcement Statistics reveal that fiscal year seizures of illicit fentanyl spiked from about one kilogram in 2013 to nearly 1,000 kilograms in 2018. With several U.S. regions transitioning away from heroin to synthetic opioids, the number of law enforcement fentanyl seizures within the United States vaulted from about 1,000 in 2013 to more than 59,000 in 2017.

Mexico drug cartels for decades have dominated traditional street-sourced opioids, such as heroin and diverted prescription painkillers. Law enforcement through 2004 would occasionally shut down a few American chemists’ small-scale production of illicit opioid powders. But the Mexican cartels in the mid-2000s started manufacturing about 7.5 percent pure fentanyl to enhance the potency of their heroin street sales in the U.S.

Canadian and U.S. law enforcement reported that since 2013, “most synthetic opioids and precursors originate not from a single clandestine source, but from what could be many semi-legitimate manufacturers and vendors, most of whom are in China.” read more here

12 Comments on Fentanyl Flowing into US Overwhelmingly Sourced from China

  1. The most effective way to get drugs into the us from China is by allowing it into the country legally with no inspections. So very likely there are officials who get their share of the money. It’s been quite a few years, but Walmart owners have personally benefited from having this special airport in Arkansas.

    by Sherman H. Skolnick 09/1/01
    “In the Northwest corner of the state, near Rogers, Arkansas, is the huge new Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Clinton as President dedicated the new facility on November 7, 1998. Its runways can handle the largest current airplanes and the jumbo jets planned for the future. It has a Free Trade Zone. That means in-coming airfreight coming non-stop from overseas supposed to be trans-shipped to places NOT in the U.S., is not subject to inspection by the U.S. Customs and is not subject to Customs duties and fees.

    It is a place for huge non-stop air flights from Red China. It has numerous warehouses. Law enforcement personnel contend it is not difficult to evade regulations as to the Free Trade Zone. In-coming non-stop air shipments from Red China, reportedly containing contraband, can be quietly transferred to another warehouse and re-shipped to U.S. DESTINATIONS. Because of the Free Trade Zone, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel, DEA, and other federal authorities, reportedly assert they have no jurisdiction to inspect Red Chinese shipments.”

  2. They are able to get away with it because so many people here despise “drug users” because of some supposed moral failing.

    In reality, this is an act of war.

    Historically, you might have some crack or coke head who robbed their family or screwed everybody over to get money for drugs. IV drugs. This is not necessarily that. This is taking something once in a very small dose and dying. It could be pressed to look like a real pharmaceutical pill.

    Our laws are making it worse because it’s treating the family physician like Pablo Escobar and now he can’t prescribe anything without doing the Triple Lindy through several flaming hoops.

    I guarantee if we were exporting pills to China that killed the same percentage of their population that their government would be organizing protests against us.

    Let our doctors do their job. If they’re obviously a pill mill then shut them down but don’t treat everybody like a pill mill which is how it is now.

    The thing with China is there is no free market so plenty of government palms know where that illegal fentanyl money is coming from and enabling its production, shipping and laundering of its proceeds to be distributed accordingly.

  3. In his NH rally speech President Trump mentioned
    that Xi knew that he wanted it stopped and made
    a crime to produce it in China. He also said Xi had
    not acted on that.
    I will also say that the dealers who use that poison
    to cut their heroin and and coke are killing off
    their customers (many of who commit a large number
    of US crimes to support their addiction) and will eventually put themselves out of business.
    I find that it is not hard to believe that this
    reduction in crime by criminals has some
    harsh benefits.

  4. Lets match those shipments with Christian bibles going back the other way.
    That should help the bastards focus their minds.

  5. Use it as a Weapon…..Let it flow unchecked into certain Blue Cities.

    (wait til January, the Bodies won’t stink as bad)

  6. I was given a small dose of that stuff in the hospital while in intensive care after surgery.

    It was not a good experience for me – it was like I simply ceased to exist, like I was dead with absolutely no self awareness or passage of time, for hours- and did not leave a good memory -or any memory- and it is not something I care to ever repeat.

    I fail to understand why anyone would voluntarily take something like that, how can anyone hate living so much they find a need to escape from even the basic awareness of being alive?

    Maybe it’s different for other people, but I found it a completely undesirable experience.

  7. I had a bunch of broken ribs one time, they gave me morphine for the first 3 days, then wanted to change to motrin (equivalent to 3 ibuprofens).

    The motrins worked well enough. I was pretty impressed.

  8. I heard that this shit was 10-15 times as powerful as morphine

    …. must be true ’cause I saw it on ‘Live PD’

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