China bans all types of Fentanyl

China bans all types of Fentanyl

China bans all types of Fentanyl

"The Chinese government will step up co-operation with other countries including the United States to join hands to tackle the global challenge fentanyl presents", Liu Yuejin said.

"Back in December, President Donald Trump described such a move by China as a "potential game changer", with those found guilty of trading illegal substances facing sentences that include the death penalty".

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that relieves extreme pain.

The decision was announced Monday in a joint statement by the Ministry of Public Security, the National Health Commission and the National Medical Products Administration.

The regulatory change will take effect May 1, CBS News reported, and will cover not only the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl but the wide variety of chemical analogs including even more potent variations like carfentanil and sufentanil.

China's Vice Premier Liu He, the country's top trade negotiator, is expected to visit Washington this week to continue the trade negotiations from last week's meeting in China.

According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl was used in one in four overdose deaths in the US in 2018, killing just over 18,000 people in one year and overtaking heroin and oxycodone as the country's most deadly drug.

Fentanyl has been at the centre of an overdose epidemic across the U.S., with tens of thousands of deaths recorded each year.

Liu Yuejin, Vice-Commissioner of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, told reporters that the issue was now "resolved". "Much of the fentanyl in the US comes from China, where it has been legal to produce.", she wrote.

Plastic bags of Fentanyl are displayed on a table at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection area at the International Mail Facility at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 29, 2017. "We believe that the United States itself is the main factor in the abuse of fentanyl there".

As Chinese officials made the announcement, they also took the opportunity to fire back at the United States for not doing more to prevent the masses of overdose deaths.

The shadow of U.S. Sen. "That's why I'm glad to see that China is making all fentanyl and fentanyl analogues illegal".

Mike Vigil, who previously ran global operations at the US Drug Enforcement Administration welcomed the new Chinese legislation, but also said that "corporate greed in (the) pharmaceutical industry" and overzealous prescription of opioids had also been major factors behind the US epidemic.

China is suspected of being the main source of a powerful painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin that has caused record overdose deaths in the United States.

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