Monday, November 06, 2017 by Jayson Veley
When we think of weapons of war, most of us typically think about machine guns, frag grenades or bulletproof tanks. But in 2017, manmade machines aren’t the only type of weapon that is being used by various nations to harm their enemies.
Just days ago, President Donald Trump left the United States for a 12-day tour of various nations in Asia. During his visit to Beijing, Trump plans on addressing China’s production and distribution of the synthetic opioid known as Fentanyl, which is considered by the DEA to be one of the most dangerous types of narcotics due to its cheap price, widespread use, addictive quality and it’s devastating effects. Considering the fact that the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has called the problem “China’s deadly export to the United States,” President Trump should be praised for speaking out about it on his tour of Asia. Indeed, forcing China’s hand on the production and distribution of Fentanyl is the right thing to do.
Known as “China Girl” or “China White” on the streets, Fentanyl is a highly dangerous chemical that has destroyed countless American lives, making it an extremely valuable export for Chinese-run drug cartels and distributors within the United States. Considering the fact that China’s authoritative government has control over virtually every aspect of its citizens lives, from what young people learn in school to what type of content is allowed to be spread across the Internet, it is without question that the regime would also be capable of stopping the production and distribution of Fentanyl as well. But just because they can doesn’t necessarily mean that they will.
To say that China has a solid understanding of just how effective a manufactured Opium War can be when it comes to destroying an entire nation is an understatement. This is because, in the 19th century, China experienced what they now call the “Century of Humiliation,” which first began amidst widespread opioid addiction and lasted until the mid-1900s. Now, it appears as though China is taking the lessons that it learned during those devastating hundred years and using it against its enemies, albeit under the radar.
The opioid epidemic in the United States is arguably more serious than it ever has been, with millions of Americans becoming severely addicted to the drug and hundreds of thousands of families being torn apart as a result. People are dying, and our nation’s leaders are working relentlessly to find an effective solution.
Last month, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump urged the people of the United States to join the fight against this ongoing opioid crisis and declared a state of emergency. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue,” the president said. “It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” (Related: Opioids are killing thousands of Americans but alternative medicine backers say there has always been a better way to treat pain.)
Trump put emphasis on the fact that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional deaths, and that opioid addiction kills more Americans than gun homicides and car accidents combined. “For too long we have allowed drugs to ravage American homes, cities, and towns,” he said. “We owe it to our children and to our country to do everything in our power to address this national shame and this human tragedy.” (Related: Opioid drug manufacturers have been caught bribing doctors with lucrative kickbacks.)
President Donald Trump also took time to address the importance of treatment for opioid addictions. “We understand the need to confront reality right smack in the face – that millions of our fellow citizens are already addicted,” he argued. “We want them to get the help they need.”