The Chinese turned the table on the United States on Thursday in addressing the ongoing crisis of opioids in America. A senior Chinese official from the Ministry of Public Security’s Narcotics Control Bureau, Yu Haibin, noted that the most significant challenge that China faces in dealing with the smuggling of opioids is the high demand of the drug in the United States.
Haibin continued to say that the US should intensify its publicity and educational campaigns to have the domestic demand for the opioids recced. The Chinese official also said that Washington should strengthen its crackdown on drug crimes that are currently based on the internet and share more laboratory data with their Chinese counterparts to improve their verification and detection capabilities. Over the recent past, many states in the US have passed legislation to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis.
The Chinese official said that the legalization of marijuana has had an impact on the mentality and public recognition regarding opioids negatively. The opioid crisis was on October declared a public health emergency by US president Trump. A report that was released last February by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission inferred that the primary source of a cheap synthetic opioid drug known as fentanyl originated from China. Fentanyl has been known to be 50 times stronger than heroin and its effects on the health of the user are unprecedented.
The US president brought up the issue with the Chinese president Xi Jin Ping when he was granted a state visit to China. The two presidents agreed to cooperate in fighting crimes that are related to narcotics. Despite some harsh choice of words to the United States, the Chinese government on Thursday reiterated their commitment to the fight against narcotic crimes such as the smuggling of fentanyl across international borders.
The Chinese officials also announced that the five new active chemicals that are used for the manufacture of methamphetamine and fentanyl had been named as controlled substances in China. The official’s from China said that they had successfully destroyed a multi-million dollar fentanyl factory in the northern part of their country. The Chinese thanked the US customs and immigration agency in their country for giving the government a tip-off that led to the discovery and destruction of the factory. The joint efforts by both the American and Chinese agencies led to the apprehension of 19 suspects in the last few months all across China. The multi-agency effort also led to the destruction of 10 pounds of fentanyl.