China bans syn­thetic opi­oids:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

China said Mon­day it would ban a de­signer drug called U-47700 and three oth­ers, fol­low­ing US pres­sure to do more to con­trol syn­thetic opi­oids blamed for fast-ris­ing over­dose deaths in the United States.

In China, U-47700 has un­til now been a le­gal al­ter­na­tive to fen­tanyl and po­tent de­riv­a­tives like car­fen­tanil. Its us­age has been grow­ing among US opi­oid ad­dicts.

Last year, the US Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion listed U-47700 in the cat­e­gory of the most dan­ger­ous drugs it reg­u­lates, say­ing it was as­so­ci­ated with dozens of fa­tal­i­ties, mostly in New York and North Carolina. Some of the pills taken from Prince’s es­tate af­ter the mu­si­cian’s over­dose death last year con­tained U-47700.

The DEA has long said that China is the top source coun­try for syn­thetic opi­oids like fen­tanyl and its pre­cur­sors, as­ser­tions Bei­jing has said lack firm ev­i­dence. Still, the two coun­tries have deep­ened co­op­er­a­tion as the US opi­oid epi­demic in­ten­si­fies.

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