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Ben Westhoff

Biography

Ben Westhoff

Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative reporter, who has covered stories ranging from Los Angeles gangsta rap to Native American tribal disputes to government corruption. He is the author of ORIGINAL GANGSTAS, about the birth of West Coast rap, and DIRTY SOUTH, about the southern rappers who re-invented hip-hop. He has written at length about culture, drugs and corruption in The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Village Voice, Vice, Oxford American and elsewhere.

Ben Westhoff

Books by Ben Westhoff

by Ben Westhoff - Current Affairs, Health, Nonfiction, Social Sciences

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. 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.