Caixin
Dec 03, 2018 08:06 PM
POLITICS & LAW

Xi Pledges to Control Drug That Killed 29,000 Americans Last Year

In 2017 fentanyl contributed to around 29,000 of the nearly 50,000 opioid deaths in the U.S. and two-in-five of the total drug overdose deaths. Photo: VCG
In 2017 fentanyl contributed to around 29,000 of the nearly 50,000 opioid deaths in the U.S. and two-in-five of the total drug overdose deaths. Photo: VCG

China has agreed to list the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl as a “controlled substance” in a move that the White House called a “wonderful humanitarian gesture.”

The announcement came after a highly-anticipated dinner between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping at the end of the two-day G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Saturday. The designation means people in China who sell fentanyl to people in the U.S. “will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law,” according to a White House statement.

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