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Wuhan: Origin of The Epidemic (Opioids, That Is)

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Paige Donner By Friday, 22 May 2020 11:36 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Most Americans, in fact, most global citizens, today know where Wuhan is located: In China.

The city features daily in our news cycle since the pandemic outbreak in December. First, it was the Wuhan wet markets that were cited as possible origins of the COVID-19 outbreak; but is it appearing accurate to say that it may have been the Wuhan Virology Institute?

What's been swept under the rug these past few months, however, is the shocking fact that Wuhan is also the primary source for fentanyl production and the precursor chemicals for the production of opioids. In case you don't recall, fentanyl is the main drug at the root of America's opioid epidemic crisis. Fentanyl and the opioid epidemic killed 32,000 people in the United States in 2018.

"Deaths involving synthetic opioids in the United States increased from roughly 3,000 in 2013 to more than 30,000 in 2018," according to a whitepaper published by Rand Corp.

According to ABC News substantial amounts of these fentanyl precursor drugs can be "traced to a single state-subsidized company in Wuhan." Wuhan is so much the source of fentanyl production in China that during their coronovirus-induced lockdown, the global illegal drug trade of opioids was turned in its head. "One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the global outbreak," according to the Post Gazette in a special report with DEA agents. "This is something we would use as a lesson learned for us," the head of the DEA, Uttam Dhillon, told the AP. "If the disruption is that significant, we need to continue to work with our global partners to ensure that, once we come out of the pandemic, those precursor chemicals are not available to these drug-trafficking organizations."

Wuhan in the past 10 years earned itself the moniker of 'global headquarters' for fentanyl production. Part of this is due to China's reticence to regulate pharmaceutical production and its refusal to allow U.S. FDA inspection of their drug producers. Multiple factors explain the rise of synthetic opioids.

Supply-side factors — rather than increases in demand — explain fentanyl's spread. These include online dissemination of new and more-efficient synthesis methods, anonymous e-commerce, detection challenges, and poor regulation in China. — Rand Corp.

Two deadly epidemics, coronavirus and fentanyl. Both originating in Wuhan, China. To date, combined figures reveal hundreds of thousands of American lives lost. And millions more lives shattered.This is more than a trade war. Much more than a problem of outsourced manufacturing and globalization.

This is a stealth attack on our well-being and way of life like we've never before witnessed.

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Paige Donner has contributed to Newsmax since 2018. She's a media expert, commentator, novelist, and serial entrepreneur. She founded the company, Paris Food And Wine in 2013. In 2018, she founded IoTShipping, a supply chain logistics startup that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for precision traceability of shipped goods. Paige began her journalism career in Paris, France in 1990. Her first job out of university was with Time-Life's rue Fbg. St. Honore offices. Within the next two years, she took freelancing work as a copy editor for the International Herald Tribune, now re-branded the International New York Times, as well as writing assignments for Variety — the film and television trade magazine. Paige has also clerked for the Senate President of the Hawaii State Legislature. A filmmaker, she has written several television pilots as well as directed television commercials and film shorts. She also contributed to American Cinematographer, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Huffpost, and a film production trade magazine, Below The Line. As of 2010, Paige has again made Paris, France her home. She has also written for the International New York Times. Since 2013, she has been the sole regular local editor/photographer contributor based in Paris, France for USA Today. Read Paige Donner's Reports — More Here.

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This is a stealth attack on our well-being and way of life like we've never before witnessed.
opioids, china
Friday, 22 May 2020 11:36 AM
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