Watch stay as Joe Biden holds a meeting on Tuesday, 21 November, on the progress his administration is making on combating the flow of fentanyl into the US.
It comes after the US president and his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping held a meeting on 15 November, saying the resumption of bilateral cooperation on counternarcotics with a spotlight on lowering the flow of precursor chemical substances fueling illicit fentanyl and artificial drug trafficking.
Fentanyl is a potent artificial opioid drug authorised by the US Meals and Drug Administration to be used as ache aid and anesthetic.
Based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, it’s generally combined with medication like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine and made into tablets which can be made to resemble different prescription opioids. “Fentanyl-laced medication are extraordinarily harmful, and many individuals could also be unaware that their medication are laced with fentanyl”, the CDC says.
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to step up his nation’s efforts to dam the importation of precursor chemical substances used to make the lethal artificial opioid.