Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadlist wave of the opioid epidemic
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Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadlist wave of the opioid epidemic

By Westhoff, Ben, author.

Genre History.

Audience Adults

Published 2020 by Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Waterville, Maine

ISBN 9781432876197

Bib Id 2427975

Edition Large print edition.

Description 621 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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LCCN
2019-047806
ISBN
9781432876197 large print) $33.00
1432876198
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LG-PRINT 362.299 W
Title
Fentanyl, Inc. : how rogue chemists are creating the deadlist wave of the opioid epidemic
Edition
Large print edition.
Publication Information
2020 by Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Waterville, Maine :
Description
621 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 525-617) and index.
Contents
Part I. The new drugs -- Part II. Users and dealers -- Part III. The source -- Part IV. A new approach.
Summary
"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 more potent than traditional drugs"--and all-too-often tragically lethal. Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice--and those with arcane acronyms like 25i-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. 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. Westhoff visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China's vast chemical industry operates, and how the Chinese government subsidizes it. Poignantly, he chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S. 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"--
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