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US senators see a glimmer of hope for breaking a logjam with China over the fentanyl crisis
A group of U.S. senators visiting Beijing are expressing hope that they had opened the door ever so slightly to government talks with China on its role in the fentanyl crisis ravaging America
A group of U.S. lawmakers on a visit to China say they may have made a breakthrough in getting Beijing's help to resolve the fentanyl crisis ravaging America.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, heading the group, said on Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping had indicated he would consider his request to appoint an official for talks on the issue.
The group includes three Republican and three Democratic Senators.
Reports say synthetic opioid fentanyl is now the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in New York City, including the death of one-year-old Bronx resident Nicholas Dominici. Drug overdoses killed 2,668 individuals in New York City in 2021. Data show there has been a 78 percent increase since 2019 and fentanyl has been detected in 80 percent of those deaths.