Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he remains hopeful President Joe Biden will push China to crackdown on production and export of fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller implicated in tens of thousands of opioid overdose deaths.
Gov. DeWine, in an interview with the Washington Post, said the state is facing an epidemic in the form of drug overdoses.
“Fentanyl is our biggest drug problem. It’s being mixed into virtually everything. It’s why so many people are dying of overdoses,” the Ohio Republican said. “And to a great extent, this fentanyl is coming out of China. Despite China’s statements that they’re working to stop it, it’s still coming out of China. It should be a major foreign policy concern for any American president.”
DeWine said that, while he remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis continues to take lives in Ohio.
“It’s one more public-health crisis. Our opioid problem has been a longstanding public-health crisis but this pandemic certainly made it worse,” he said.