China Targeted for Role in American Fentanyl Epidemic

( – The U.S. House of Representatives is taking on communist China for its role in the fentanyl crisis claiming record numbers of American lives.

This week, the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced a new Fentanyl Policy Working Group. The new body will be charged with writing laws and creating public education campaigns to enlighten Americans about the dangers of fentanyl, and about the fact that China is responsible for much of the problem.

Chinese companies manufacture what are called “precursor” chemicals. These are necessary ingredients to manufacture fentanyl. According to committee chairman John Mooleanor (R-MI), the Chinese government “rewards” companies that make these precursors with cash subsidies.

At the very least, Mooleanor said, China is “turning a blind eye” to the problem, and is part of its cause.

Fentanyl is a legitimate anesthetic used in hospitals, but on the street it is deadly. The drug is between 50 and 100 times as potent by weight as morphine, which makes it extremely easy to overdose.

It is early in the process, but working group members say their task is to find ways to “seek justice” for the thousands of people who have died of fentanyl overdose. They also want to hold China responsible for “funneling this poison” into America.

An April report from the House Committee on the CCP states that Beijing “directly subsidizes” fentanyl manufacture, knowing that the deadly drug is pouring into America’s cities and towns. The Committee believes this is a purposeful effort by China to destabilize America.

Washington state Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse noted that fentanyl overdose is the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 18 and 45. China is not only an “active participant” in the drug’s manufacture, he said, but they are “directly incentivizing it.”

The Fentanyl Policy Working Group hopes to get laws passed that will allow the U.S. to put harsh sanctions on any nation or entity involved with trafficking the drug.

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