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China bans all types of fentanyl after pressure from US

China announced on Monday that it would treat all variants of the powerful opioid fentanyl as controlled substances, making good on a pledge the country’s leader, president Xi Jinping, made to US president Donald Trump late last year.

China’s export of the drug, a family of synthetic opioids blamed for thousands of overdoses in the United States, has long been a source of tension in relations and has, more recently, become tangled up in the continuing trade war.

China already treats more than two dozen variants of fentanyl and its precursors as controlled substances, thus strictly regulating their production and distribution, but it has banned those variants only after reviewing them case by case, a process that can be lengthy.

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Source: New York Times, 2nd April 2019

Posted by drugs.ie on 04/02 at 08:44 AM in
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