The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has long said that China is the top source country for synthetic opioids
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during an event titled "The Next Pandemic" at the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Beijing, China, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. photo: AP/Ng Han Guan, photo: AP/Ng Han Guan
21 of August 2017 15:27:12
BEIJING – China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday during a visit to the country considered the source of many of the deadly substances sought by addicts.Price said China has been quick to respond when regulators identify a threat from a dangerous drug such as fentanyl, the powerful opioid blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses, including the death of entertainer Prince."When a particular drug is identified as being a problem, China has been an incredible partner in helping to stop the production of drugs like fentanyl in China," Price told a news agency.A bigger challenge comes from the "rapidly changing ability of individuals to formulate new chemical makeups that are a different drug and that aren't in the controlled arena," Price said. "The challenge is to get those taken care of much more rapidly. And so that's the conversations that we need to be having."