- Ross Nikides
Opinion: The Chinese are Influencing the US Opioid Crisis
The United States is currently in the midst of the gravest drug crisis of its history: the opioid epidemic. This crisis has been made worse by the widespread proliferation of fentanyl and fentanyl-related products that have flooded the American market since 2014. Since 2017, fentanyl has, on average, caused between 70,000 – 100,000 deaths annually, making it one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.1
With world-leading pharmaceutical exports from an industry of 5000 pharmaceutical companies and over 150,000 chemical manufacturers, China has been the primary supplier of both Fentanyl and Fentanyl components to the U.S.2 Producers often ship Fentanyl directly to customers via normal mail services but have increasingly been working through drug cartels to illegally transit drugs across the Pacific.
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