FENTANYL, INC.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous industry that has created a worldwide epidemic. “A whole new crop of chemicals is radically changing the recreational drug landscape,” writes Ben Westhoff. “They include replacements for known drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. They are synthetic, made in a laboratory, and are much more potent than traditional drugs”—and often lethal. Westhoff tracks down the scientists who invented these drugs as well as a mysterious drug baron in New Zealand. The first journalist to infiltrate drug factories in China, Westhoff provides startling reporting on how the chemical industry operates, and how Xi Jinping’s government subsidizes it. He chronicles the lives of users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S. and Europe. Fentanyl, Inc. represents the full scale of a calamity we are just beginning to understand.
BEN WESTHOFF is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of Original Gangstas on the birth of West Coast rap and Dirty South on the southern rappers who re-invented hip-hop. He has written about culture, drugs, and corruption in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Vice, and elsewhere. He was raised in St. Paul, but now lives in St. Louis.
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