Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

Erika Kinetz, Shanghai, and Desmond Butler, Washington, D.C., international investigative reporters, for their report about the ease with which one can buy the powerful opioid carfentanil online and have it sent all over the world from Chinese companies. Carfentanil is being used by drug dealers to strengthen illicit drugs but is so powerful it is considered a chemical weapon. The story prompted the State Department to respond, saying it had appealed to China to curb the drug’s illegal export to the U.S.

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