Stop the Flow of Opioids: Cosponsor the Combatting Illicit Fentanyl Act

The Chinese government and Communist Party’s global influence operations and disinformation campaigns are increasingly a threat to U.S. interests and those of our allies.  These efforts are extensive and not well understood, often
employing press manipulation, economic coercion, targeted investments, the infiltration of nongovernmental organizations, and academic censorship to coerce and corrupt United States institutions or individuals and shape a world antithetical to U.S. values
and interests.  Such efforts are often called “sharp power” operations.   

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Stop the Flow of Opioids: Cosponsor the Combatting Illicit Fentanyl Act

The U.S. has seen an upsurge in opioid-related overdose deaths, and an increasing number of these deaths are caused by Chinese-produced fentanyl. Fentanyl killed more Americans than any other illicit substance in 2016, and in 2017, overdose deaths due to
synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, totaled 29,000 in the U.S. The drug’s presence in our communities is only on the rise, impelling the need for Congressional action to tackle the epidemic as it plagues communities across the country.

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