The recent indictment of six Canadians demonstrates the role Canada played as part of a larger international fentanyl smuggling ring that shipped fentanyl compounds to the United States.
Counterfeit pills made with fentanyl have flooded the streets of America. No one know how many people have been hurt or killed, but law enforcement and medical communities are gravely concerned…
In October, a woman in Rock Hill, South Carolina received a package from Walmart that she assumed was a yoga mat she had ordered. Instead, the package contained over 20,000 oxycodone pills.
Even if we broaden the scenario further, and assume that the importation of drugs into the United States from other industrialized countries become the norm, then it is still unreasonable to assume that global prices will remain stagnant. Instead, the resulting global prices that manufacturers negotiate will likely increase toward the initial U.S. prices. If, considering these dynamics, drug importation sounds counterproductive, that’s because it is.
FBI Director Louis Freeh on the impact of importation on law enforcement (July 14, 2017)