Ben Westhoff is author of the first book about fentanyl, Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Crisis, and a foremost expert on the drug’s history, manufacture, distribution, and abuse. He has traveled the world speaking with users, scientists, law enforcement, and dealers and distributors at every step of the supply chain, and was the first journalist ever to infiltrate a Chinese fentanyl lab.
Westhoff has appeared as a keynote speaker at summits and conferences focused on opioids and other new drugs, and featured as an expert commentator on television, radio, podcasts, and other media. On July 31, 2019, he will testify at the U.S. Capitol Building before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional advisory commission that investigates national security and trade issues between the U.S. and China. There, he will discuss his findings from Fentanyl, Inc. about China's role in encouraging the manufacture and export of new drugs including fentanyl.
Praise for Fentanyl, Inc.
“This is an exceptionally useful and well-timed book. I hope anyone concerned about this era’s new addiction epidemic will read it and put its messages to use. Ben Westhoff very skilfully combines pharmacology, politics, law enforcement, and gripping international intrigue in his account of America’s number-one public health problem. I hope Fentanyl, Inc. is widely read and influential.” -James Fallows
"In Fentanyl Inc., Ben Westhoff lays bare the twisted history that led to opioids wreaking havoc on twenty first century America. If you want to understand the bloody cycle of addiction and death gripping the nation, you need to read this book." -Ioan Grillo, bestselling author of El Narco and Gangster Warlords
“Compelling…Fascinating… [Westhoff] seamlessly blends past and present in his profiles of Belgian chemist Paul Janssen, who was responsible for fentanyl's initial development in 1959; police officers; politicians; LSD drug kingpins, and St. Louis street dealers. . . . 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 (Starred Review)
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