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Schumer pushes for fentanyl sanctions against China days before trade talks kick off


Added 02-10-19 02:13:02pm EST - “The bill aims to impose economic sanctions on China and other countries that have turned a blind eye to companies and traffickers producing fentanyl, the senator said.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Schumer pushes for fentanyl sanctions against China days before trade talks kick off - NY Daily News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Chuck Schumer announced new legislation Sunday to crack down on fentanyl producers in China, the world’s largest exporter of the lethal synthetic drug.

The bill aims to impose economic sanctions on China and other countries that have turned a blind eye to companies and traffickers producing fentanyl, the senator said.

“They do a lot of things, but they don’t enforce any laws [around fentanyl],” Schumer said of the Chinese government. “The problem is enforcement. Sanctions are the toughest thing we have. They not only prevent anyone who’s affiliated with these companies from coming to America, but they also can freeze their assets around the world.”

Fentanyl overdoses accounted for 2,238 deaths in New York state in 2017 — a 36% increase from 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, federal officials seized 254 pounds of the drug at an Arizona port, the largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history.

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