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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 Epidemic (Hardback)

By Westhoff, Ben

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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 che...micals 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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ISBN 9780802127433
Released AU 3 Sep 2019
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780802127433
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
Released 3 Sep 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Westhoff, Ben
Category Illness & Addiction: Social Aspects
Abnormal Psychology
Addiction & Therapy
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 356
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 615.783
Weight 544g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Designer drugs, Drug addiction - United States, Drug traffic - China, Opioid abuse - United States, Drug abuse - Fentanyl
NBS Text Psychology: Professional & General
ONIX Text General/trade