China Agrees to Designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance

China has agreed to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance, the Trump Administration announced on Saturday. Analysts told The New York Times the announcement will have little direct impact on the opioid crisis.

“It’s in many ways all theater from the White House and very little serious substance,” said John Collins, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Unit at the London School of Economics. “It seems to me the same story again.”

President Trump has said repeatedly that China is the main source of illicit fentanyl in the United States. The New York Times notes that there are about 160,000 chemical companies in China. Because of weak regulations, those producing fentanyl substances will probably still be willing to sell them despite the new ban, the article notes.

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Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (not including methadone), rose a staggering 72 percent in just one year, from 2014 to 2015. Government agencies and officials of all types are rightly concerned by what some are describing as the third wave of our ongoing opioid epidemic.


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