Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM EST - 8:15 PM EST
Zoom webinar | Vanda Felbab-Brown, Ben Westhoff, Emily Feng
Fentanyl, a highly potent opioid with legitimate pain control purposes but often made and sold illegally, has fueled the deadly opioid epidemic in the United States for years. In 2019, fentanyl was responsible for more than 37,000 overdose deaths in the United States. As the number has continued to rise at alarming rates during the coronavirus pandemic, several questions have emerged: who is manufacturing the drug and why? How does it get from China, where most of the world’s supply is produced, into the United States and who is buying it? What efforts have China and the United States made together in the fight against fentanyl to date, and what can we expect going forward?
The National Committee held a virtual program on February 24, 2021 with Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown and Mr. Ben Westhoff, moderated by Ms. Emily Feng, who discussed the current status of the opioid epidemic, bilateral efforts to curb the supply of fentanyl in the United States, and the prospects for progress moving forward.