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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to make it easier for federal prosecutors to go after people who peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse crisis.

The agency said Thursday it intends to classify drugs that are chemically similar to fentanyl as illegal controlled substances, letting prosecutors avoid the hurdles they often face in bringing charges in such cases.

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  • Our president has just spent 2 days in China. Has anyone heard if the manufacture of fentanyl analog products in China was on the agenda? Or is China simply exporting their full experience of the “100-year sleep” back to the West. If this one aspect of the opioid crisis remains unchecked and even moderately impeded the United States won’t last 10 years.

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