Sununu praises president for acting on fentanyl

CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is praising the Trump administration after this week's announcement that China has agreed to label fentanyl a controlled substance.

Gov. Chris Sununu-File photo

The synthetic opioid, which is often mixed with heroin, is responsible for tens of thousands of drug deaths in the United States every year. The U.S. has been pressing the Chinese government for years to take a tougher stance against fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

The new labeling comes after a meeting between President Donald Trump and the Chinese president.

"The bottom line is we are going to be bringing less fentanyl into this country and that is a good thing, especially for a state that is as hard hit as New Hampshire and the opioid crisis. So, we applaud the efforts. There is always more to do. We've had some positive results here but this is clearly going to have a net benefit on making sure that we are going to be keeping fentanyl out of our citizens' hands," said Sununu, R-New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has led the country in overdose deaths per capita but Sununu says progress is being made.