Fentanyl and other opioids

Fentanyl and other opioids

Fentanyl, also spelled fentanil, is an opioid that is intended to be used as a pain reliever and anaesthetic, but which has become popular as a recreational drug, leading to mass addictions in the US

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‘Basically like a poison’: the Chinese alchemists behind America’s drug crisis
The first time Alan, 32 and living in Texas, smoked the drug he bought online from China, he thought he would die.  He mixed a tiny amount of the powder, similar to the size of an eyelash, with dried plant leaves, smoked the concoction and immediately started losing control of his body. “I got sick. I was puking all over the place,” the 30-year-old recalled on the phone. “I kind of passed out. I blacked out, and in my mind I kind of had a death trip experience where I thought that I had died.” Even before the overdose, Alan, who is self-employed, had a dependence on synthetic cannabinoids, which are lab-made compounds created to mimic the effects and structure of THC in cannabis. Today, ther
Sentences for China drug gang provides rare window into war on fentanyl
The sentencing of a gang of drug traffickers in a smoggy city in northern China on Thursday offers a glimpse into a key area of cooperation between US authorities and their Chinese counterparts: tackling the deadly fentanyl scourge devastating communities across the United States. After the conclusion of the case – which saw one gang member given a suspended death sentence and eight others jailed, two of them for life – a group of Chinese and American law enforcement officers gathered in Xingtai, an industrial city in Hebei province, to share details of how their joint investigation brought down an international fentanyl smuggling operation. It was the first public example of how the two cou