News China’s fentanyl production, export fueling U.S. opioid crisis, Schumer says China produces more than 90 percent of the world’s supply of fentanyl, according to Sen. Schumer. Sen. Chuck Schumer said China must crack down on its production and exportation of fantanyl into the United States on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong By Alison Fox firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Updated May 14, 2018 9:23 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on China to prohibit the export of fentanyl, saying on Sunday that the country produces more than 90 percent of the world’s supply of the drug. Schumer said Chinese authorities turn a blind eye to manufacturers exporting fentanyl to the U.S. His announcement came amid ongoing trade negotiations between White House and Chinese officials. “When it comes to our best chance at taking out fentanyl and its deadly path to the United States, it is really now or never,” Schumer said in a statement. “For years, the federal government has been forced to react to the spread of fentanyl and the death toll it has taken in fueling the opioid scourge. Well, now, we have a real shot at addressing its source: China.” Schumer said U.S. negotiators have an opportunity to pressure the Chinese government to prevent the drug from flowing over the border. He said fentanyl is often mislabeled or concealed with legitimate imports in order to get past U.S. Customs and Border Protection detection. “This issue must be a major priority because too many lives have been lost and too many others are at stake, especially here in New York,” he added. Schumer said fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. In 2016 alone, he said, CBP seized nearly 200 pounds of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. By Alison Fox email@example.com @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic De Blasio administration sues opioid makers and distributorsThe lawsuit alleges manufacturers misrepresented the drugs' safety and efficacy. Schumer calls for portable drug detectors at airportsThe bill would authorize the use of drug-detection machines at key sites, like JFK airport. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.