Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is calling on U.S trade representatives to use a planned meeting with China to push China to stop allowing the export of deadly Fentanyl from their country to upstate New York.

The meeting between the U.S and China is part of the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina.

Brindisi says the issue needs to be a major priority as part of ongoing trade talks.

He says China is a key source of illicit Fentanyl coming into the Mohawk Valley.

Brindisi says in Oneida County alone, the drug has taken almost 50 lives since 2013.

“The opioid epidemic has dealt a deadly blow to our community. I have seen too many families torn apart by this scourge and I have talked with too many families asking what more the government can do to help stop the needless deaths” said Brindisi.

Brindisi will face Claudia Tenney in November for the 22nd Congressional District seat.