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Chinese online vendors openly sell a drug that is up to 5,000 times as potent as heroin and banned internationally as a chemical weapon

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he Chemical Weapons Convention bans carfentanil, a synthetic chemical that is unregulated in China and known for tranquilizing elephants and moose. Beijing has not banned the substance in the face of American pressure to do so following overdoses in the U.S., and multiple online vendors indicated they were willing to sell the drug and coordinate its shipment around the world.
8 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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