At the beginning of April, China announced that they would ban all production of the dangerous opioid, fentanyl along with all other variations of the drug.
This is a huge win for law enforcement, as well as the American people, plain and simple.
Over the last few years, we’ve watched overdose-related deaths climb to an all time high, statistically putting Americans at a greater risk to be killed by an opiate overdose than a car crash.
For the first time in U.S. history, drug overdoses became the leading cause of death.
Fentanyl is incredibly dangerous because it’s cheap and extremely potent, boasting a 50x more powerful strength than heroin. And because of the potency, street-level dealers can’t possibly cut the powder into their supply accurately.
So, people started to die. And quickly.
Perhaps the most deadly variation of the opiate was called carfenatnil. This strain is literally thousands of times more potent than heroin. Just a grain of sand’s worth would be more than enough to kill a user.
This variation didn’t last long, due to its extreme purity. Users would simply die, and so dealers didn’t want to use it to cut their supply with.
Now that China has fulfilled this promise that they had made to President Trump and the American people, we might be on the road to ending the opioid epidemic.
“This is a huge step in fighting the fentanyl crisis. For years now, China would tweak the chemistries of various fentanyl analogues and distribute them before they could be scheduled by the DEA.”
That’s Greg Giuntini.
Greg works with the narcotics and explosives detection experts at DetectaChem Inc. He has seen firsthand the amount of fentanyl pouring over the borders and onto American streets.
“There used to be a significant delay between China producing new fentanyl analogues and when the DEA would schedule and ban them,” he said. “In that ‘legal’ timeframe, thousands of pounds of product would make their way into the United States. This directly helped fuel the current opiate crisis.”
Law enforcement officials are quickly ditching their traditional NIK kits for these new, more efficient designs. Greg says that their tests help keep officers safe, largely due to the fact that the amount of sample needed is far less than in the past, greatly cutting back on the chances of an officer being exposed to dangerous narcotics like fentanyl.
“Now that all analogues are banned, they will also be DEA scheduled. This will provide law enforcement officers with more power to stop fentanyl from coming into the United States.”
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