Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid EpidemicA 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 356 pages
  • Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
  • Ben Westhoff
  • 08 August 2017
  • 0802127436

10 thoughts on “Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

  1. says:

    A far reaching and impeccably researched book on our current opioid epidemic I ve heard of fentanyl, in fact I ve heard of many of the drugs discussed within this book What I didn t realize was how far reaching the drug problem is, not contained to just the US but so many other countries as well, from Sweden to New Zealand Just how many designer, synthetic drugs are in existence, how for every drug made illegal, another is waiting to take its place This is a comprehensive view of the drug tr A far reaching and impeccably researched book on our current opioid epidemic I ve heard of fentanyl, in fact I ve heard of many of the drugs discussed within this book What I didn t realize was how far reaching the drug problem is, not contained to just the US but so many other countries as well, from Sweden to New Zealand Just how many designer, synthetic drugs are in existence, how for every drug made illegal, another is waiting to take its place This is a comprehensive view of the drug trade, the chemists and manufacturers who make them, to how they are marketed, effect their users and the history of some of these drugs Some made for good, medical purposes, but a small change in the drugs chemical makeup and it becomes a powerful street drug It s almost overwhelming, how can this wave of new drugs ever be stopped I was also surprised that many of these powerful drugs are coming from and produced in China The author does provide some solutions to better handling of the drug crisis Not sure how these would work but better control over the drugs people are taking, treatment rather than just punishment, may be a better way than how it is handled now Some users actually do not know s drug is tampered with, until it is too late, so a place where they could come and use their drugs under the view of qualified personnel may help I don t know, but this book is alarming and at this point anything that can be tried, should be Very eye opening, and frightening both, well worth reading.ARC from Edelweiss

  2. says:

    Very insightful book into the world of synthetic drug abuse I administer drugs fentanyl, oxycontin to my patients at my work so I m always interested in learningabout them I never knew there was a whole different world out there with these drugs centered for recreational use instead of pain killing This book is pretty heavy on the facts and can be a little confusing with all of the drugs names It s very interesting if you re interested in drugs and abuse, but don t pick it up if you r Very insightful book into the world of synthetic drug abuse I administer drugs fentanyl, oxycontin to my patients at my work so I m always interested in learningabout them I never knew there was a whole different world out there with these drugs centered for recreational use instead of pain killing This book is pretty heavy on the facts and can be a little confusing with all of the drugs names It s very interesting if you re interested in drugs and abuse, but don t pick it up if you re just expecting to read user stories The author tries to find out where the drugs and compounds are made and travels to China to talk to the people selling and producing them, which is very interesting to read So, great book for those looking to learn about the origin of recreational drugs and how common pain killers can also be abused.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC

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    The Fentanyl Crisis On April 15, 2016, on his way home after performing in Atlanta, pop entertainer Prince s plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois He was found unresponsive and taken to a local hospital Six days later, he passed away Toxicology reports revealed that an overdose of opioid Fentanyl caused his demise In January 2015, Bailey Henke, an 18 year old kid from Grand Forks North Dakota overdosed himself to death causing deep sorrow and dolor for his parents Opioid Fent The Fentanyl Crisis On April 15, 2016, on his way home after performing in Atlanta, pop entertainer Prince s plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois He was found unresponsive and taken to a local hospital Six days later, he passed away Toxicology reports revealed that an overdose of opioid Fentanyl caused his demise In January 2015, Bailey Henke, an 18 year old kid from Grand Forks North Dakota overdosed himself to death causing deep sorrow and dolor for his parents Opioid Fentanyl put faces of the victims to its name In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 20,000 Americans were killed by fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic painkiller This synthetic opioid is 50 timespowerful than heroin With street names such as Drop Dead, Murder 8, China white, China girl, dance fever and goodfella, fentanyl is marketed by drug dealers as the ultimate high.These new drugs aren t grown in a field they are made in a laboratory Plants that yield marijuana and heroin were grown in Mexico and Latin America, but Fentanyl is manufactured in laboratories in China The author dares to infiltrate Chinese drug operations, a sophisticated laboratory operation distilling outsize quantities of the world s most dangerous chemicals in industrial size glassware The Chinese drug industry is not run by cartels and criminal organizations, but by university educated chemists who often play by their government s rules.Many health care workers who help treat substance abusers believe the American traditional focus on supply side law enforcement, which emphasizes the prosecution over treatment is futile This approach fails to address the root of the problem demand, and under funded addiction treatment programs Other alternative harm reduction program is taking center stage in combating opioid addiction Experts agree that it would be easy to establish supervised injection facilities for opioid ravaged communities in the United States to create one stop shops where people could test their heroin and fentanyl exchange needle and shoot up safely On site help would be ready with Narcan, and users could also receive counseling Information and medical assistance are slowing the opioid crisis These facilities are showing a track record of success, but federal and many state authorities are not enthusiastic The tension is encapsulated in an October 2018 exchange when former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced that he had incorporated a nonprofit seeking private funding to open a supervised injection facility in Philadelphia The US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein angrily said that if one opened it would be immediately shut down by federal authorities I ve got a message for Mr Rosenstein, Rendell said, They can come and arrest me first How is that lethal synthetic opioid is creating a global drug addiction crisis The author presents a grim picture of the origin of the epidemic He observes that the harm reduction initiatives remain diluted beneath the shifting weight and influence of political red tape, global capitalism, and the biological and psychological bondage of drug dependency He visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China s vast chemical industry operates He chronicles the lives of addicts and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S and Europe This is a fascinating book that reads flawlessly and touches your consciousness when you read the stories of families affected by this tragedy

  4. says:

    Fentanyl, Inc By Ben Westhoff published 2019 This was exactly the type of book I was searching for Since I am not in the drug culture I only know what I hear and what I hear often times is very confusing, especially when it comes to all the names of drugs that are in circulation As most people who are kept busy with the daily grind I knew of the drug basics like weed, coke, H, meth, crack, LSD. you know the things we ve all heard about growing up in modern times While in high school I Fentanyl, Inc By Ben Westhoff published 2019 This was exactly the type of book I was searching for Since I am not in the drug culture I only know what I hear and what I hear often times is very confusing, especially when it comes to all the names of drugs that are in circulation As most people who are kept busy with the daily grind I knew of the drug basics like weed, coke, H, meth, crack, LSD. you know the things we ve all heard about growing up in modern times While in high school I ve been out for almost 20 years now, I am 36 we started to receive information about the dangerous of pills, I especially remember someone from our school dying fromAn Oxy overdose, and I remember that teens mom taking the podium at our high school and talking to us about her son and the dangerous of messing around with these pills Recently just a few months ago my neighbor, who was my lawn guy, overdosed on meth cut with Fentanyl, which is why I am here writing this review After My neighbor Kevin passed away I felt a strong desire to find out what the hell is going on and so I started reading books about drugs My first was Dreamland, AMAZING book, my second was Dope Sick, another great book, and this is my third, and this is the winner as far as information goes The kind of intel I was searching for wasn t in the first two books, their focus was on different topics, Both essential and perfect for the lead up to this book I was searching for the information on the synthetic stuff that s making people go nuts and eat people faces off, as seen on YouTube the stuff making people pass out over cars and fire hydrants by the dozens outside of head shops as seen on YouTube the stuff making people drop like flys by the tens of thousands here in the Addicted States of America I FOUND IT It s almost as if the book was published just for me, it was On pre order when I began my search so I bought it and waited and in the mean time read the first two mentioned above, but this here Fentanyl, Inc is the one The author gets into serious detail about the synthetics from A Z, this guy did his homework.Not only did he do his homework but he traveled to China to infiltrate chemical companies that produce Fentanyl among other things and get the real scoop straight from the number one supplier of Fentanyl to the west I am really impressed with his research and dedication to finding the truth about all this, id like to Personally thank him for a job well done I ve learned all I need up to this point about what I was looking to learn If you are confused about all these synthetic drugs that have bombarded the news over the past couple of years then this is the book for you, it s fantastic My beef with the book is it ends the way it starts with a story about the first Fentanyl overdose victim, but I feel the end is abrupt, not bad just too quick for me, no finesse Second the author gives some advice for what he thinks would be a good way to approach fixing the problem however it s too progressive for me and seems like it s justgovernment breathing down our necks and setting up shop in a neighborhood near you safe injection sites, Methadone clinics I don t have the answers and truthfully I don t like any of the solutions, it s all quite repulsive to me and I d prefer it didn t exist, the drugs the junkies the deaths, however I am not na ve and I realize these issues aren t going away any time soon As a matter of fact from what I can gather its gonna get a lot worse before if it gets better I don t have any answers or solutions because this is one big colossal mess we as a culture are in Having said allOf this I feel good about the knowledge I ve extracted from this particular book s so I m just gonna buckle up and look out the window and go for a ride, Let s see where time takes us Oh yeah, JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS

  5. says:

    My copy was an ARC from ALA Annual 2019 June, so 3 months before publication Because of this, the book wasn t 100% finished That being said, I thought it was an awesome book I have read many, many others on the opioid epidemic and this is just about the only one that focuses on fentanyl and the role that other countries play This is not a person with substance abuse disorder or their family members bio I would recommend to everyone.

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    I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review You like drugs Public health Policy Politics Interested in the current opioid epidemic This is a good fit to itch those likes.I was expecting a bookfocused on personal stories of drug users and fentanyl, but what I got instead was an interesting telling of the drug situation not only in the United States but around the world as well The history around designer drugs is told in length The international politics, especially b I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review You like drugs Public health Policy Politics Interested in the current opioid epidemic This is a good fit to itch those likes.I was expecting a bookfocused on personal stories of drug users and fentanyl, but what I got instead was an interesting telling of the drug situation not only in the United States but around the world as well The history around designer drugs is told in length The international politics, especially between the US and China, is discussed and made me think about whether there were some historical reasons around China s current lax attitude about the drug labs I found this to be very educational, especially as I start taking classes on population health and societal health issues Would recommend It s not a dry read like some other drug books I ve picked up recently

  7. says:

    looks at the Opioid crisis from the lens of synthetic labs that are producing fentanyl among other concoctions but fentanyl is the one that is killing huge numbers of people Enforcement problems with fly by night labs and distribution networks popping up in the wake of the opioid crisis Talksabout the networks than focusing on the toll A large number of addicts is driving supply and while the networks are interesting they are ubiquitous and shapeshifting I think a humane policy geared looks at the Opioid crisis from the lens of synthetic labs that are producing fentanyl among other concoctions but fentanyl is the one that is killing huge numbers of people Enforcement problems with fly by night labs and distribution networks popping up in the wake of the opioid crisis Talksabout the networks than focusing on the toll A large number of addicts is driving supply and while the networks are interesting they are ubiquitous and shapeshifting I think a humane policy geared towards the user is called for Networks pop up and come and go like mushrooms, after a rainstorm, it is the demand side we have to work on

  8. says:

    A comprehensive look at the rise of fentanyl, fentanyl derivatives, and the myriad designer drugs novel psychoactive substances that have come in their wake This is the next step in the opioid crisis, since the street heroin addicts have turned to is often cut with varying and dangerous amounts of fentanyls, often with tragic results Westhoff met with manufacturers in China, makers of safe testing kits in Europe, and researched the Dark Web.

  9. says:

    Good informative book on synthetic drugs.Biggest takeaway for me is war on drugs can never be won, at least the one on Novel Psychoactive Substances.Would love to read Dreamland by Sam Quinones next, regarding opioids.

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    This is an exceptionally useful and well timed book I hope anyone concerned about this era s new addiction epidemic will read it and put its messages to use Ben Westhoff very skilfully combines pharmacology, politics, law enforcement, and gripping international intrigue in his account of America s number one public health problem I hope Fentanyl, Inc is widely read and influential.James Fallows, award winning journalist and author of China Airborne A necessary and sobering look at the opioid c This is an exceptionally useful and well timed book I hope anyone concerned about this era s new addiction epidemic will read it and put its messages to use Ben Westhoff very skilfully combines pharmacology, politics, law enforcement, and gripping international intrigue in his account of America s number one public health problem I hope Fentanyl, Inc is widely read and influential.James Fallows, award winning journalist and author of China Airborne A necessary and sobering look at the opioid crisis and how it is not as simple as it appears on the surface Well researched and user friendly for all readers An important book.Debra Ginsberg, Bay Books Through his courageous reporting Ben Westhoff takes us to the heart of the problem In Fentanyl, Inche shines a light on the human wreckage and damage caused by the most powerful and dangerous of the opioids, fentanyl, and its derivatives He shows us how addiction, mislabeling, purposefully or mistakenly mixed drugs lead to tragic ends The drug is often created out of factories operating with the permission of the Chinese government To solve this epidemic, we must understand it Make no mistake the fentanyl problem is a global issue Fentanyl, Incis a must read, pulling the curtain back and showing us how this human tragedy occurs and how insidious and addictive a drug can be.Katherine Tobin, Ph.D., Former Member of the U.S China Economic Security Review Commission Drawing material from official reports, drug databases, scores of interviews, and years of personal research, Westhoff presents an unflinching, illuminating portrait of a festering crisis involving a drug industry that thrives as effectively as it kills Highly sobering, exemplary reportage delivered through richly detailed scenarios and diversified perspectives. STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews In Fentanyl, Inc , Ben Westhoff lays bare the twisted history that led to opioids wreaking havoc on twenty first century America If you want to understand the bloody cycle of addiction and death gripping the nation, you need to read this book.Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco and Gangster Warlords An information packed work of reporting that traces the rise of designer drugs, including synthetic and ordangerous versions of weed, acid, and heroin, the last of which gives the book its title Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that s chemically similar to morphine and heroin, is the top cause of fatal drug overdoses in the United States The most illuminating parts of the book are those that reveal the business practices of Chinese labs that supply illicit fentanyl to U.S dealers These labs are a source of death and destabilisation for our country, American officials say, while Chinese leaders contend that it s on us to deal with Americans appetite for the stuff.Francie Diep, Pacific Standard Westhoff explores the many tentacled world of illicit opioids, from the streets of East St Louis to Chinese pharmaceutical companies, from music festivals deep in the Michigan woods to sanctioned shooting up rooms in Barcelona, in this frank, insightful, and occasionally searing expos Offers a truly multifaceted view of the landscape of fentanyl use and abuse The disparate narrative strands he weaves together including tragic stories of drug users, straightforward analysis of the history of opioid use, tension filled episodes of drug runs and supplier meet ups, and the humane and hopeful work of the harm reduction movement all come together to provide acomplex understanding of the rise of, and response to, the opioid epidemic Westhoff s well reported and researched work will likely open eyes, slow knee jerk responses, and start much needed conversations. Publishers Weekly Will assist policymakers, activists, and general readers in understanding better how to respond to the drug crisis that is onlyintractable now. Library Journal So many substance abuse books are a mix of hysterical in tone and a disappointing paint by numbers in their execution, but Fentanyl, Increally stands out for its research, journalism, and overall analysis It is also a great book on China, and how China and the Chinese chemicals industry works, backed up by extensive original investigation Definitely recommended.Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution Timely and agonising Westhoff s book is the product of a four year deep dive into the world of designer drugs, and it s an impressive work of investigative journalism He interviewed 160 people and visited laboratories all over the world he even infiltrated a pair of Chinese drug operations. USA Today A history lesson on American drug use and drug laws, a crash course in chemistry and neuroscience, a multifaceted portrait of addiction, and a look at how harm reduction programs can atone for the failures of the War on Drugs A finely woven and accessible analysis of the connection between university chemistry professors, dark web sales, drug cartels, law enforcement, and the dealers and addicts dependent on it Westhoff is a skilled and empathetic biographer, and this gift serves the composite of the dealers, users, and bereaved of Fentanyl, Inc It s in this focus on the human cost of the crisis, of empathy over criminalisation, that this accomplished book feels most urgently important. St Louis Post Dispatch The most frightening book of the year, and it s mandatory reading Epic This is a story about people, and Fentanyl, Incfeatures a roster of villains and victims who stray far from movie archetypes. Dig Boston Setting Fentanyl, Incapart from most other books that focus on the supply side of illegal drugs, Westhoff smartly avoids pro drug war narratives that push for an intensified law and order response to the proliferation ofpotent synthetic drugs The War on Drugs and misguided law enforcement efforts have not stemmed the spread of fentanyl, but instead have contributed to its takeover, Westhoff carefully explains. Filter Extensively reported and vividly written Westhoff elevates his impressive examination of the opioid epidemic by reporting on the US government s failed war on drugs and the promise of innovative harm reduction policies that recognise that Just Say No is a losing proposition. National Book Review Westhoff looks at the new wave of synthetic drugs that are taking the opioid epidemic to a whole new deadly level He managed to go undercover into one of the many labs in China where these drugs are being manufactured, and the results of his research there and elsewhere are terrifying Anyone who is interested in learningabout the opioid crisis, or has read Dopesick, is going to want to check this out. Omnivoracious, theBook Review A detailed and far ranging investigation into the production, marketing, and usage of fentanyl reveals an intertwined business network that spans continents and kills thousands. Shelf Awareness

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