A Deeply Human Story, Fentanyl, Inc Is The First Deep Dive Investigation Of A Hazardous And Illicit Industry That Has Created A Worldwide Epidemic, Ravaging Communities And Overwhelming And Confounding Government Agencies That Are Challenged To Combat It A Whole New Crop Of Chemicals Is Radically Changing The Recreational Drug Landscape, Writes Ben Westhoff These Are Known As Novel Psychoactive Substances NPS And They Include Replacements For Known Drugs Like Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy, And Marijuana They Are Synthetic, Made In A Laboratory, And Are Much Potent Than Traditional Drugs And All Too Often Tragically Lethal Drugs Like Fentanyl, K, And Spice And Those With Arcane Acronyms Like I NBOMe Were All Originally Conceived In Legitimate Laboratories For Proper Scientific And Medicinal Purposes Their Formulas Were Then Hijacked And Manufactured By Rogue Chemists, Largely In China, Who Change Their Molecular Structures To Stay Ahead Of The Law, Making The Drugs Effects Impossible To Predict Westhoff Has Infiltrated This Shadowy World, Becoming The First Journalist To Report From Inside An Illicit Chinese Fentanyls Lab And Providing Startling And Original Reporting On How China S Vast Chemical Industry Operates, And How The Chinese Government Subsidizes It He Tracks Down The Little Known Scientists Who Invented These Drugs And Inadvertently Killed Thousands, As Well As A Mysterious Drug Baron Who Turned The Law Upside Down In His Home Country Of New Zealand Poignantly, Westhoff Chronicles The Lives Of Addicted Users And Dealers, Families Of Victims, Law Enforcement Officers, And Underground Drug Awareness Organizers In The US And Europe Together They Represent The Shocking And Riveting Full Anatomy Of A Calamity We Are Just Beginning To Understand From Its Depths, As Westhoff Relates, Are Emerging New Strategies That May Provide Essential Long Term Solutions To The Drug Crisis That Has Affected So Many
Ben Westhoff s new book Fentanyl, Inc How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic, comes out September 3, 2019 on Grove Atlantic His last book Original Gangstas Tupac Shakur, Dr Dre, Eazy E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap has been translated into multiple languages and is currently in its fourth paperback printing It received glowing reviews from Rolling Stone, People, Booklist, and others, and a starred review in Kirkus Westhoff is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Library of Congress, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Vice, Oxford American, Pitchfork, and others He s the former L.A Weekly music editor and senior music editor at Voice Media Group He s a contributor to the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap, and his 2011 book on southern hip hop, Dirty South OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip Hop was a Library Journal best seller.
- 356 pages
- Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
- Ben Westhoff
- 13 November 2017 Ben Westhoff