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Opioid Epidemic Expert: Foreign Drug Trafficking Could be Considered ‘Act of Terrorism’

A medical examiner from a county badly affected by the opioid epidemic said that the opioid drugs were coming from other countries like China.

Dr. Thomas P. Gilson, the medical examiner for Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, said that foreign drug trafficking into the United States could be considered an “act of terrorism” at a Senate hearing on Thursday.

“My investigators by happenstance will sometimes identify records, packaging that clearly show that these drugs are coming from overseas,” Gilson said.

The Drug Enforcement Agency agrees that a lot of the fentanyl drugs killing Americans come from China, according to Gilson.

“I do think that these are drugs that are coming from overseas, primarily from China, and being sold in our country really almost on a basis that could be considered an act of terrorism,” he added.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) pointed out that this year, the Director of National Intelligence had listed “synthetic opioids” as a national security threat.