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Author: Ben Westhoff Narrator: Alex Boyles Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2019 ISBN: 9781094061511
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exceptionally useful and well timed book…Westhoff very skillfully combines pharmacology, politics, law enforcement, and gripping international intrigue.”

    James Fallows, New York Times bestselling author

  • "Fentanyl, Inc. confronts horrible truths about America’s opioid epidemic…It’s an impressive work of investigative journalism.”

    USA Today

  • “A history lesson on American drug use and drug laws…Fentanyl, Inc. is a finely woven and accessible analysis…[with a] focus on the human cost of the crisis, of empathy over criminalization.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Westhoff…covers fentanyl as a dark web profit center, from Chinese labs to US streets.”

    NPR

  • “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.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Frank, insightful, and occasionally searing…Westhoff’s well-reported and researched work will likely open eyes, slow knee-jerk responses, and start much needed conversations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book will assist policymakers, activists, and general readers in understanding better how to respond to the drug crisis that is only more intractable now.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Pick of the Week
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Pharmaceutical Industry

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About the Author

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.

About the Narrator

Alex Boyles has been acting pretty much his entire life. He got his BA in theater–acting/directing performance from CSU Long Beach and his MFA in acting performance from Ohio State University. He started narrating audiobooks in 2019 and hasn’t looked back!