Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative reporter who writes about culture, drugs, and poverty. His book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is the bombshell first book about the fentanyl epidemic, and he has advised officials at the top levels of government about the crisis. His previous book Original Gangstas is the definitive work on N.W.A., Tupac, and West Coast hip-hop. He came up in the alternative weeklies Riverfront Times and L.A. Weekly and has also written for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian.
Workshop Session 1
How Fentanyl Consumed Everything
Only a few years ago, most people had never heard of fentanyl, but now it's causing the worst drug crisis in American history. What happened? This session will explore fentanyl's creation as a medical drug, its crossover to the recreational realm, its distribution out of Chinese labs through Mexican cartels onto American streets, and how harm reduction measures can be used to combat the problem.
This workshop is approved for 1-hour Renewal Credit/CEU for: IC&RC/NJ-AP Certification Board | NAADAC