There’s a worldwide epidemic tearing through communities and creating unprecedented challenges for government agencies, and part of the blame goes to the chemicals and labs that are radically changing the recreational drug landscape.
In his new book, “Fentanyl, Inc. How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic,” investigative reporter Ben Westhoff tracks down the little-known scientists who invented the drugs and takes an in-depth look at how the synthetic drugs have led to the deaths of thousands of people. Drugs like fentanyl, K2 and Spice were first created in laboratories for true medical purposes, but today they’re being created as replacements for other drugs like heroin and cocaine. Westhoff says the drugs’ effects are impossible to predict and all too often deadly. The book also looks to emerging strategies that could lead to long-term solutions to this worldwide battle.
Ben Westhoff will be talking about his book, “Fentanyl, Inc.” today, Sept. 24, at 7:00pm, at Chevalier’s Books in Larchmont. And tomorrow, Sept 25, at 7:00pm, he’ll be at the Santa Monica Public Library.
Ben Westhoff, investigative reporter who writes about culture, drugs and corruption. His new book is “Fentanyl, Inc. How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019)