China Found Complicit in U.S. Fentanyl Crisis

( – A new Congressional report states that China is paying for the production of ingredients necessary to make the deadly narcotic fentanyl which has ravaged communities across the U.S.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, chairs the Select Committee on China. He told lawmakers at an April 16th hearing that China wants to see more of the deadly drug inside the U.S.

China “Wants the chaos” that comes from the fentanyl epidemic, Gallagher said.

The drug, a synthetic opiate, has 50 to 100 times the potency of morphine by weight. It is legitimately used as an anesthetic but has become wildly popular on the street and is extremely addictive. It is very easy to die from taking too much, and fentanyl causes more overdose deaths annually than any other drug.

Fentanyl is the leading cause of overdose death in the United States. The U.S. has said that China is where most of the so-called precursor chemicals are made that are combined to produce fentanyl. Mexico’s government also has asked China to do more to stop the flow of the deadly drug.

The Congressional report explains that China gives subsidies through tax rebates to companies that make various ingredients necessary to formulate fentanyl, on the condition that the chemicals are only sold outside China. According to the report, China recognizes the drug’s dangers, and it classifies the “analogues” necessary to make fentanyl as strictly controlled substances at home.

Investigators drew their conclusions from China’s own tax records. The country’s tax department website apparently lists the amount of money given in tax breaks and rebates to makers of the chemicals. The report states those rebates may give back 13 percent of the cost to the makers.

Predictably, China disagrees with this characterization. A Chinese embassy spokesperson said the country was cooperating with U.S. authorities to control the distribution of the deadly drug. China has a dedicated campaign, the embassy said, to tighten control of the ways the drug and its precursors and analogs are distributed.

The spokesperson said, “The fentanyl crisis in the United States is not caused by the Chinese side.”

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