On Dec. 2 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted at President Donald Trump thanking him for his fight against the opioid crisis.
Attached to the tweet was a South Florida SunSentinel article about Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The president agreed to declare fentanyl a controlled substance in China. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that has caused tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S.
According to GoodRX, a controlled substances, “are medications that can cause physical and mental dependence, and have restrictions on how they can be filled and refilled.”
Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, said this means, “people selling fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”