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2019-09-20 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Blast These People (China)
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No, really?

There are two sources of supply. Mexican cartels and packages shipped direct from China, where it is produced in a huge and under-regulated chemical sector. A Senate investigation last year found massive quantities of fentanyl pouring in from China through the Postal Service. The report largely blamed dated technology that left customs inspectors sifting through packages manually looking for “the proverbial needle in a haystack.” The Postal Service wrote in a statement to The Associated Press that it is working hard with its international counterparts to close those loopholes, and is improving its technology to intercept fentanyl shipments.

Why do we have so-called "free trade" with either of these nations?

The answer to this problem is simple: Stop it or we embargo your ass and, furthermore, we're assessing you for all the deaths you have caused at a million bucks each, payable now or the border is closed and every single person and item trying to come in to the United States is refused.

What happens after the raw material gets here is where the problem is -- there's no quality control in a basement pill mill and due to the extremely high potency of fentanyl you literally are rolling the dice with death each time you use one of those counterfeit pills.  You have no idea how much active ingredient is in there -- it could easily vary by more than 10x from one to the next which plenty enough to either not have the desired effect or kill you dead instantly.

This is the problem with illegal supply of drugs exactly as it is with the vape situation; black-market and other "unregulated" entities that don't give a flying **** about consistency and have zero accountability, whether a criminal enterprise (as in this case) or otherwise, produce things intended for human consumption that are not as described on the label.  The result is massive harm -- not necessarily intentional harm, but grossly negligent harm.

There are plenty of ways to stop this and it begins with the sources for those unlawful acts being interdicted and shut down and, where state actors or quasi-state actors are involved, such as the Chinese government and the Mexican government with their drug lords it means slamming closed the border gates until and unless the governments involved cut that crap out, whether it be active involvement or their obvious and willful refusal to put a stop to it.

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