We can’t fight our opioid crisis alone. We need help from countries around the world.
It’s sobering to take in the magnitude: Over 63,600 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 — more than died in car crashes or of breast cancer; more than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.
And deaths specifically from opioids trafficked from overseas more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Experts predict that nearly 500,000 Americans could lose their lives to opioids over the next decade.
Bailey Henke, at just 18 years old, became one of the faces behind these terrible statistics when he died of a fentanyl overdose at his home in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His tragic story — highlighted by the U.S. Treasury Department — underscores the fact that most opioids are produced overseas and trafficked to our shores. In this case, the drugs weren’t smuggled across the southern border, but instead they were shipped from China — and it was U.S. and Chinese authorities who built the case for sanctions against the trafficker and four associates.
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