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The current killer opioid epidemic and the great 19th century Opium Wars against China
Alert: Some of these drugs are not simply addicting; they cause instant death.
By Jon Rappoport
In this article, I present several pieces of information side by side. These would be starting points for further investigation.
ONE: The UK Daily Mail: "...not just heroin. It had been mixed with two lethal man-made opioids - fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times more potent than morphine; and carfentanyl, an elephant tranquilliser 10,000 times stronger than street heroin."
"Now the drugs have arrived in Britain - and a spate of sudden deaths in Hull, the worst incident in the UK so far, shows their devastating impact. Just a few grains of carfentanyl - 0.00002g - can be fatal."
"These lethal drugs have begun cropping up across the country - first found in Blyth, Northumberland, then suspected in deaths and drug busts from Leeds to London, St Albans to Southampton, Wakefield to Winchester, and Wales to Northern Ireland."
TWO: In the 19th century, selling opium to China was very big business for England. Of course, addictive opium was devastating to China, who tried to stop the trade. Two Opium Wars against China (1839-42 and 1856-60) followed. The Encyclopedia Britannica states:
"In each case the foreign powers were victorious and gained commercial privileges and legal and territorial concessions in China [including the uninterrupted sale of opium]. The conflicts marked the start of the era of unequal treaties and other inroads on Qing sovereignty that helped weaken and ultimately topple the dynasty [which had ruled since 1644]..."
It would be hard to overstate the lasting fury and resentment of Chinese rulers against the foreign powers who defeated and humiliated them in the Opium Wars.
THREE: Flash forward. FOX Business, March 31, 2017. Headline: "DEA: Made in China Lethal Opioid Fueling US Drug Epidemic."
"A homemade designer version of fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid which is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, has been the center of drug busts across the country this month---with law enforcement pinpointing its origin from underground labs in China. The DEA says the China-U.S. supply is further fueling the country's drug epidemic."
"'This [Chinese] stuff is unbelievably potent. It is so powerful that even a tiny amount can kill you,' DEA spokesman Rusty Payne tells FOX Business. 'China is by far the most significant manufacturer of illicit designer synthetic drugs. There is so much manufacturing of new drugs, [it's] amazing what is coming out of China. Hundreds of [versions], including synthetic fentanyl and fentanyl-based compounds'."
"China only made the drug [fentanyl] illegal in 2015, and at that point black market Chinese labs began increasing production of their own versions, including the one turning up recently across the country [the US] called furanyl fentanyl."
"'While heroin gets harder to buy on the street or from a dealer, fentanyl comes via FedEx,' Brad Lamm, CEO of Intervention.com, tells FOX Business."
"Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced this week details on a mail-order furanyl fentanyl smuggling ring bust. The operation had been bringing the drug -- which has been dubbed 'White China' -- into the U.S from Asia. NYPD Chief of Detective Bob Boyce said that this was the first time investigators have seen this type of fentanyl in New York City."
"Also this week, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection agents said they seized 83 shipments of illegal synthetic drugs, including 36 pounds of furanyl fentanyl, from China."
"[DEA spokesman] Payne says China has 'really stepped up lately,' working hand-in-hand with the U.S. to help curb this growing problem. In January, DEA acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg was invited to China to meet with Beijing drug control officials at the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security."
FOUR: The Boston Globe: "An extremely powerful drug used as an elephant tranquilizer has quickly become a new killer in the nation's opioid epidemic, and New England authorities and health workers are bracing for its arrival."
"The drug, carfentanil, is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another deadly synthetic opioid."
"The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a nationwide alert about the drug, which its acting chief called 'crazy dangerous.' In Massachusetts, State Police have warned their crime lab staff about how to handle carfentanil during analysis. Even inhaling the drug or absorbing it through a cut can be fatal."
"Law enforcement and health officials believe most users do not know they are ingesting carfentanil, which apparently is often mistakenly thought to be heroin or a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, a weaker but still lethal synthetic opioid."
"If carfentanil's trade route is similar to that of fentanyl, the path stretches from Chinese manufacturers to Mexican processors to smugglers who supply dealers in the United States, law enforcement officials said."
"'There's no quality control, so when it gets here the distributors don't know what they have and the user has no idea,' said Timothy Desmond, a special agent with the New England division of the DEA. 'That's where it's a game of Russian roulette'."
"Hamilton County officials are baffled by the marketing strategy behind such a lethal drug. 'It doesn't really make sense that you would want to kill your customers'," Fallon said.
"Law enforcement officials also are concerned that carfentanil will harm first responders. The DEA has warned police not to conduct field tests on seized drugs that might contain carfentanil. Instead, the agency urged officers to secure their samples and deliver them only to colleagues with training and equipment to handle the drug."
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.