Drug Policy Alliance's Office of Academic Engagement hosted Ben Westhoff for a book talk and Q&A of his new book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. For more information, go to https://www.benwesthoff.com/fentanyl-inc.
Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic details how fentanyl -- one of a crop of new drugs called novel psychoactive substances (NPS) -- now kills more Americans annually than any drug in history. To understand the crisis, author Ben Westhoff traveled the world speaking with users, scientists, law enforcement, and dealers and distributors at every step of the supply chain, even infiltrating illicit Chinese labs where NPS for export are made. Westhoff explores humanitarian responses to the drug crisis, visiting a supervised injection facility in Barcelona and shadowing a group making cutting-edge fentanyl test strips. The book received a starred review from Kirkus, which praised its "highly sobering, exemplary reportage delivered through richly detailed scenarios and diversified perspectives.”
Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative journalist who writes about culture, drugs, and poverty. His books are taught around the country and have been translated into languages all over the world. His new book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic comes out September 3, 2019, and his previous book Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap made numerous year-end best lists. Westhoff's work has appeared in the Library of Congress, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Vice. He enjoys baseball and vegetarian food.