Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, September 6, 2018   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the September 6, 2018 hearing titled "Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection" before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Chinese made fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is killing Americans, more than 29,000 in 2017 alone. We must hold the Chinese Government accountable. Kirsten Madison, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs will testify today that China is a 'primary source of illicit synthetic drugs coming to the United States.' [...] In our second panel we will hear from again some amazing experts. One is Ocean County, New Jersey prosecutor, Joseph Coronato, who has called the China-made fentanyl influx into the United States a synthetic storm that is ''devastating.'' He will thankfully note that local law enforcement is doing something about it, like his program, the first in the State of New Jersey, to allow drug abusers who voluntarily turn themselves in at a police station, and thus far it has been over 800 since 2017, without being prosecuted. The idea of an engraved invitation that states, 'Come we will help you.' He is obviously very tough on crime but he also has a great humanitarian heart and is saying we want to help and treatment is a way of intervening for a positive outcome." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kirsten D. Madison, Paul E. Knierim, Joseph D. Coronato, Bryce Pardo, and Daniel Ciccarone.

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