Fentanyl, Inc.

How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
Narrated by: Alex Boyles
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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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.

©2019 Ben Westhoff (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A must read

Just that. A good and informative read.
I am a health professional and I learned much.

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Issue with sound

It's annoying that when the narrator starts a new sentence after a pause, the first word or 2 are muted out. I hope I can correct this and it's not an issue with ALL the audio books. I'm a new user.

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The Best Current Book On the Drug Epidemic

I’m a physician interested in understanding why over 70,000 Americans died of drug overdose as last year. If you think you understand the subject you’re probably wrong. This book gives excellent insight into what is happening, why it is happening and practical suggestions for ending this largely preventable epidemic. This should be essential reading for drug users – – it may save their lives! It should also be widely read by legislators and law-enforcement officials. We won’t solve this problem without understanding it in all its complexity and using proven solutions that are successful in many other places around the world.

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frightening

Incredible information everyone should be aware of and heed the warnings. Awareness can save lives.

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Very informative!

So well written and deeply informative. I work as a nurse in the field of addiction and mental health. This book helped me gain so much more knowledge about the history, making and evolution of Fentanyl.

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Absolutely intriguing

I absolutely loved this book. If you are interested in drugs, psychopharmacology, international relations, the dark web, and history then this book is right up your alley.

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Good broad insight to this industry

Very interested in opioids and addictive nature. Good slant on China’s lax laws and supplying a crippling drug to the US. Took some risks going undercover to gather info for this book. Why would anyone chance taking carfentanyl- an elephant tranquilizer?!! Crazy.

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A bit I like a textbook but great content.

This is another one I had to be patient with to get a feel for the content and narration, but it’s fascinating stuff that I never would have known without listening to this comprehensive study. If you’re interested in the subject, I think you’ll really like it.

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Meticulously researched and Comprehensive Book

This was a excellent listen for those the want a deep dive into this epidemic. It is nicely divided into sections on user, dealers, manufacturers, law enforcement, medical and social professionals. So there is something for everyone and pretty good scientific explanations. Bottom line: today’s dope ain’t your Grandpa’s weed from his hippie days. There is some scary and very, very dangerous shit out there. We can only take every approach possible to deal with this huge challenge. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to see the bigger picture.