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Watch: Fentanyl shipments from China fuelling US' drug abuse crisis; know the dangers of overdose, ensure your teens' safety

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Large Chinese drug networks are helping fuel the US fentanyl crisis, a situation Beijing has little incentive to combat amid deteriorating relations with Washington reports Fox News.

"Since approximately 2013, China has been the principal source of the fentanyl flooding America’s illicit drug market," Craig Singleton, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital.

In 2019, China banned all forms of the opioid fentanyl, following a promise President Xi Jinping made to President Donald Trump a year earlier. The souring of relations between the US and China now threatens to undo much of the progress since 2019, most notably after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan enraged the Chinese government, reports Fox News. This Fox News guest speaking on a news report places the blame at US President Jo Biden's door and accuses his administration of turning a blind eye to the crisis.

Fentanyl, also spelt fentanil, is a potent opioid used as a pain medication. Together with other drugs, fentanyl is used for anaesthesia. It is also used illicitly as a recreational drug, sometimes mixed with heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines or methamphetamine. China has been the largest supplier of illegal fentanyl to the US since 2013.

Fox News also cites a 2020 NPR report that says that Chinese drug cartels have leveraged the internet to market fentanyl and chemicals used to make fentanyl, often selling and shipping the drugs directly to US customers. Mexican drug cartels are party to the illicit drug import that they take as shipments from China before smuggling the drugs across the US border, says Fox News Digital.

The dangers of Fentanyl consumption:

According to, Fentanyl belongs to the Narcotic analgesics type of drugs. In the US, it is sold under brand names such as Actiq (lozenge), Lazanda (nasal spray), Fentora (sublingual tablet), and Subsys (sublingual spray). It is put to use in dosages that come in the form of injection, nasal spray, transdermal patch, sublingual tablet, sublingual spray, transmucosal lozenge (lollipop), etc.

Overdose deaths from Fentanyl have prompted US Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to push for a new law to charge drug dealers with federal felony murder if they sell the drug and someone dies as a result of using it, reports Fox News. Local communities are seeing increases in overdoses due to the Fentanyl sold on the street. Besides being highly addictive, it can kill unsuspecting users.


  1. Fentanyl is a legal prescription drug used for pain control during surgery and for chronic or breakthrough cancer pain.
  2. However, it is also being manufactured illegally or legal prescriptions are diverted and fentanyl is misused and abused as it is sold for its euphoric effects.
  3. Street drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine can also be laced with fentanyl, also counterfeit drugs including hydrocodone tablets or Xanax.
  4. Fentanyl can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming.
  5. Pregnant women are not to be prescribed drugs containing fentanyl as a component and are warned that using Fentanyl during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.

What to do if overdosed on fentanyl:

Reach your doctor immediately if you find a friend, family member or self showing signs of fentanil overdose. A fentanyl overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, weak pulse, fainting, and slow breathing (breathing may stop). Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to fentanyl: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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