China holds the fentanyl card in trade talks with Trump

FEBRUARY 12, 2019

By Doug Palmer

The United States receives 1.6 million pieces of mail from China nearly every day, many of them carrying a small packet of fentanyl, the powerful painkiller driving an opioid crisis in America that claimed nearly 50,000 lives in 2017 alone.

President Donald Trump hopes trade negotiations between the two countries will not only level the playing field for American firms and reduce the U.S. trade deficit, but also cut off the main source of fentanyl shipments entering the United States.

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