Fighting Fentanyl: Trade War Truce and a Dark Web Deal

During a much-anticipated dinner with President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to help stem the flow of fentanyl to the US, Bloomberg reported.

China is the top source illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-like substances entering the US, according to a US commission. The pledge is part of a trade war truce reached between the 2 leaders at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. As part of the deal, China will now regard fentanyl trafficking among the most serious of crimes.

Dark web drug dealers have also cracked down on fentanyl, voluntarily “de-listing” the substance from their marketplaces, the Guardian reported. The move marks the first time such sellers have effectively banned a drug from their marketplace. The classification puts fentanyl—which can be 100X stronger than heroin—in the same category as explosives and powerful firearms deemed too risky for them to sell.

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