washington It is Beijing negotiate an agreement to combat the export of chemicals used in the manufacture of fentanyl — a potent hallucinogen that has worsened synthetic drug epidemic in the United States and Canada, which is already the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 49.
The new agreement, which should be announced in the coming days by the presidents of USA and from Chinamust bring new initiatives to crack down on illegal chemical companies to stop the flow of fentanyl and the source material used to manufacture it.
As part of the agreement, the Biden administration is expected to lift restrictions on certain Chinese forensic institutions.
In 2022, the United States recorded 110,000 synthetic drug overdose deaths, with more than two-thirds linked to fentanyl, an opioid estimated to be at least 50 times more potent than heroin and which is often mixed with other drugs. illicit drugs, causing serious harm and even death to users.
According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), fentanyl reaches the US via a route that begins in China and passes through drug cartel trafficking in Mexico.
The US government has come down hard on the importation of fentanyl and other illegal substances in efforts to reduce the death rate from synthetic drugs in the United States.
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The announcement of the fentanyl agreement is expected to take place during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, Xi Jinping’s first visit to the United States since 2017. /With agencies and The Guardian