How China Is Fuelling America's Drug Epidemic

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Last year over 100,000 people in the US were killed by overdose. The drug most connected to these deaths is fentanyl – a synthetic opioid over 50-times stronger than heroin. Fentanyl is at the centre of the North American opioid crisis, provoking some wild myths, poor reporting and politicised scare stories. But where does this drug actually come from? How does it get made? And is the Chinese government actually supporting the production of a drug that is killing tens of thousands of people across North America and the world? Ben Westhoff has travelled to China to see first-hand the factories and labs that produce fentanyl and its precursor chemicals. He reveals the secrets of how this drug is being produced – and the involvement of the Chinese government. Ben Westhoff's book, "Fentanyl, Inc." is available here.

 

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