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China Bans Fentanyl, Could It Help America? | Synthetic Opioids

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 Synthetic OpioidsStarting March 1, China claims it will be banning the manufacturing and sales of the the addictive and potentially deadly synthetic opioids carfentanil, furanyl fentanyl, acrylfentanyl and valeryl fentanyl, according to a new report via CNN. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) believes this will be a “game changer” for America’s opioid epidemic.

“It’s a substantial step in the fight against opioids here in the United States,” said Russell Baer, a DEA special agent in Washington. “We’re persuaded it will have a definite impact.”

Related: Drug Overdose Deaths Increase At Alarming Rate – What Is Fentanyl?

 Synthetic Opioids

As recently as October 2015, China banned over 100 kinds of synthetic substances, which included different fentanyl products. DEA spokesman Russ Baer explained that even though these substances were banned, new ones would pop up as replacements, making this an ongoing fight between legislation and clandestine labs. This only continued to prove that the increase of opioid drug problem is not just affecting the U.S., but has become a global problem as well.

Fentanyl is an extremely strong and dangerous synthetic opioid that is about 25-50 times stronger than heroin alone, and about 100 times more powerful than morphine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths as a result of synthetic opioid abuse, including tramadol and fentanyl (but not including methadone), have increased by 72.2% from 2014 -2015. As a result, drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of accidental death in America.

Treating  Opioid Addiction

While hopefully these changes will help prevent more overdose deaths in the future, we still need to continue to take action to help those who are struggling to recover from the deadly disease of addiction. Recovery from opioid addiction is 100% possible if you or your loved one wants it and is willing to do the work to get it. To find out how you or your loved one can put the disease of opioid addiction into remission, contact us now at 1-800-861-1768.

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