Monday, August 27, 2018

Fentanyl still for sale through Chinese websites

Drug users can still easily buy potentially lethal substances through Chinese eBay-style websites, UK's Guardian reveals. The paper examined one of China’s largest e-commerce websites, Weiku.com. It hosts sellers that offer to ship synthetic opioids. While searching for “fentanyl” on the website returned zero results, the website offered related searches such as 'fentanil,' 'Fentanyl,' or 'Fentanyl patches'. Weiku also hosted people selling bromadol. Studies have shown that bromadol, which has not been tested on humans, is 30 to 10,000 times as potent as morphine, depending on the formulation.
One seller said: “Our fentanyl powder is very pure ... We can send [it] to you safely. Delivery will be done through UPS or Fedex.” They offered 50g for $700 (£540). Sellers on the site also advertised pentobarbital, a barbiturate that can be fatal.

Weiku said it did weekly inspections. “As an information platform, Weiku needs to make sure all information is legal but we are not accountable for the transactions.” The Guardian found another Chinese website, DIYTrade – China Product Directory, where fentanyl and carfentanil is openly sold. They offered 10g for $280 or 100g for $1,100.
Mfrbee.com had dozens of listings under the search term “opioids”, although links to fentanyl appeared to be blocked. Other opioid analgesic drugs are sold. The website also hosts vendors purporting to sell Xanax and pregabalin, a medication used to treat epilepsy. Both are illegal without a prescription. The law in China has tightened, but they struggle with the speed at which their chemists are able to produce new variations on fentanyl, circumventing the ban.