Senators unveil legislation to combat opioid crisis

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(CBS) — A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday to fight the deadly opioid epidemic at its roots.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced legislation that would hold China, the largest producer of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, accountable with sanctions.

He said Chinese companies have been knowingly diverting fentanyl to traffickers which eventually finds its way to the United States.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said, “There’s no company in China that is not influenced or controlled by the Chinese communist party. Now they’ve agreed to stop this industry. That’s good, but the problem is the list of agreements they’ve made and not kept is longer than the list of agreements they’ve kept. For us, this is an opportunity to trust but double verify.”

The legislation would allow more resources to law enforcement to combat the epidemic and direct the president to form an international opioid control regime to put pressure on China.

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