February 8, 2022
Mexico has replaced China as the “dominant source” of fentanyl and synthetic opioids entering the United States, according to a new government report.
From 2014 to 2019, most of the pure fentanyl seized by US authorities came from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), it said. The report of the Commission to Combat Trafficking in Synthetic Opioids.
“Since then, the dominant source of illegally sourced fentanyl has been Mexico,” the report says. “The drug is manufactured in illegal laboratories there using precursors from Asia, mainly from the People’s Republic of China, and is mainly trafficked overland to the United States.”
Fentanyl is smuggled across the US-Mexico border in packages, vehicles and people, the report says. Because the drug is so powerful, “it is difficult to ban as only a small physical amount of this potent drug is enough to meet US demand, making it highly profitable for traffickers and traffickers,” says the report.
fentanyl It is a powerful synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat severe pain. However, people abuse her due to her ability to produce a powerful high and feelings of euphoria.
The commission is a bipartisan group of US lawmakers, experts and officials from federal departments and agencies.
On a worrying note, the report says Mexican drug cartels sometimes manufacture the drug in counterfeit tablets under brand names like Adderall and Xanax, meaning some people who use fentanyl aren’t initially seeking it.
Approximately 100,000 Americans overdosed and died during a recent 12-month period, primarily from fentanyl and similar synthetic drugs, says a letter included with the report from US Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and US Representative David Trone of Maryland.
“The overdose crisis in the United States claims more lives each year than firearms, suicide, homicide or car accidents. This is one of our most pressing national security, law enforcement, and public health challenges, and we must do more as a nation and government to protect our most precious resource: American lives,” the letter says.
The report makes recommendations for the US to reduce the flow of fentanyl.
- Elevate the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office to a cabinet-level position.
- Disrupt the drug supply through targeted oversight and enforcement, such as offering federal grants to law enforcement agencies to quickly investigate drug overdoses.
- Use public health agencies to educate the public and reduce demand.
- Collaborate with countries involved in the production and distribution of synthetic opioids.
- Improve surveillance and data analysis to enable more timely interventions.
The Commission to Combat Trafficking in Synthetic Opioids is a bipartisan group of legislators and officials from federal departments and agencies.
In 2017, then-President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency.