Trump says that the US has been losing its citizens to fentanyl, while China failed to halt supply.
In the long history of drugs in America, where the death toll was already soaring, a new type of opioid entered the country from several loopholes into the streets of the United States. The dosage people were consuming in forms of heroin and other started to include a synthetic opioid fentanyl, causing more deaths.
Studies and investigations revealed overtime that the drugs found their way to the country from China, through Mexico. Where the US and China are still stuck in the trade war, fentanyl has become another major point of discussion between the two nations.
In December 2018, Xi promised Trump at the Argentina summit that he would act on the matter.
On April 1, 2019, China had announced a ban on supply of all variants of the drug- a move which could have reflected “incredible” results, according to Trump.
However, after five months, the President accused his Chinese counterpart of not keeping the promises to stop the swamping supply of fentanyl in the country. “My friend President Xi said that he would stop the sale of fentanyl to the United States – this never happened and many Americans continue to die,” Trump tweeted.
The objections came after months of praising for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledges. The President stated that the country is “losing thousands of people to fentanyl.”
The opioid painkiller is believed to be 50 times more potent than heroin. Studies also reveal that nearly 30 milligrams of heroin is equal to a 3-milligram dose of fentanyl, which is capable of killing an average-sized adult male. The drug has played a central role in worsening the US opioid crisis, where most of the consumers remain unaware of what they are consuming as their heroin is often laced with fentanyl by the suppliers.
In 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 29,000 synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths, accounting most from dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl. Besides, in 2018,
The US was expecting a shut down on illicit sales of drugs that usually are delivered through mails in the country, after China took measures in April and May 2019. However, Trump’s Thursday tweets highlighted a distant reality.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated that the administration did not see “any large-scale seizures or law enforcement action by the Chinese on fentanyl.”
“Too many Americans do continue to die from these deadly drugs, most of which come from China,” it said in a statement. “We’ll continue to press China to follow through on the promise they made to keep fentanyl out of our communities.”
Officials and experts are still cynical that Beijing would address the issue. Some also say that any vigorous action would rely on progress in resolving the US-China trade war. Where the conflict remains, no changes in the drug supplies have taken place. It is uncertain that China, which is taking equally retaliatory action, would ease things for the US and its people dying from drugs.