Send drug precursors just came along with that capability. Want to order a starting material for Lipitor? Sure! What about fentanyl itself? Sure! Just another chemical.
Either China ramped up its domestic game and/or India itself outsourced to China.
China built out their own outsourcing outfits somewhat on their own and then US manufacturing shifted to them after.
Couple things that would be interesting to find out..
1. What percentage of the company's total fentanyl pre-cursor sales are for legitimate medical purposes?
2. What percentage of total orders are fentanyl pre-cursor orders?
Hard to assess scale without this information.
*The people downvoting don't realize there are legitimate uses for fentanyl or what? It's a prescribed painkiller (fyi).
As for the miserable poverty England had, they were happy to have their own citizens drink themselves to death.
And when the emperor said enough is enough, the british took a page out of Americas playboy with dealing with japan and trade. But went step further.
And now we have the second largest economy pulling out victimhood, and Americas grand old party is using the same playbook.
Get in power, play a victim, and crush hard working people under your heel.
The Chinese, after repeated requests through diplomatic means and appealing directly to Queen Victoria, seized all the opium the foreign merchants were bringing into Canton, destroyed it, and then refused to compensate them. This lead to the British Navy interceding. This happened in 1839, 13 years before US Admiral Perry opened Japan with gunship diplomacy.
Don’t get me wrong, both of these actions are abhorrent. But mid 19th century Britain needed no guidebook on how to impose its will
Fentanyls are pretty simple molecules to make, and banning the "precursors" mentioned here basically means one needs to choose a slightly different synthetic route, or make a slightly different drug.
As for the Chinese company profiled in the article, it is literally the same as any other successful Chinese company in every aspect -- Except for the part where they explicitly discussed Fentanyl and demonstrated that they knew it was a common drug of abuse. But, without personal first hand exposure, they might well consider fentanyl to be the same as cannabis or ketamine, also widely reviled "drugs of abuse" in China.
So, a charitable reading of this article just comes off as uncritical fearmongering. A cynical reading frames it as a "war on drugs" / "war on China" piece.
Has this actually happened? You need a few more ingredients in the chain before you get meth out the other end...I would hope a jury would know this.
Edit: This is an entirely sincere question, and seems an obviously relevant followup to the article, and important to US society plagued by opiate abuse. I realize, after downvoting, that my question could be read multiple ways, but I'll leave it as I initially asked it.
It's so cheap and scalable to produce and so potent, I figure importers "Got while the gettin was good" and already moved containers of precursors or active ingredients state-side.
It could take decades to wash out.
Meanwhile the focus seems to be on ultra-small scale importers bringing in a few grams through the mail.
The kingpins love this distraction, because it just cuts out their competition by removing consumers' direct access to manufacturers.
It seems the major sources were banned, possibly need to schedule the other precursors that are less known if they don't have legitimate uses.
The whole point of precursors is to buy something that is multi-use or that one could do the paperwork for to import legitimately before diverting.
We might be dealing with this for a while. The whole enforcement regime continues to be diverted around, so now we just have ultra-potent stuff that is basically unsafe to handle but the only choice.
And, other time, the final product has a much higher molecular weight, so you get more bang for your smuggled kilo or m^3 bringing precursors.
EDIT: Forgot to add: Can you cite a piece that substantiates the claim of these precursors being routed via Colombia?