Limited Chinese Cooperation Hindering U.S. Fentanyl Fight

  August 24, 2021   News Stories

Combating fentanyl smuggling has become a key priority for U.S. agencies as overdose deaths spiked to more than 93,000 in 2020, mostly linked to fentanyl, according to provisional data by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Deaths surged by more than 21,000 to eclipse a record set a year earlier.

Despite China banning fentanyl and similar variants in 2019, the Asian nation remains the primary source of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States, the report said.

Read the Reuters exclusive here.

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