China’s Illicit Opioids a ‘Form of Undeclared War’
Expert says China is using drug trade to destroy America
By Charlotte Cuthbertson
August 19, 2018 Last Updated: August 19, 2018
WASHINGTON—The illicit opioids being manufactured in China and shipped to the United States are “almost a form of warfare,” President Donald Trump said at a cabinet meeting on Aug. 16.
“In China, you have some pretty big companies sending that garbage and killing our people,” Trump said.
More than 71,500 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to provisional data released Aug. 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 68 percent of those deaths can be attributed to opioids.