The Lethal Business of Synthetic Drugs Like Fentanyl

A new book shows that the shift to opioids manufactured internationally in labs has created a deadly drugs crisis

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A kilogram of heroin is purchased for approximately $6,000 and sold for approximately $80,000. A kilogram of fentanyl is purchased for approximately $6,000 and sold for approximately $1.6 million.

“The new drugs-trade is growing for the same reason the world economy is — increasing speed of communications and shipping; relaxed barriers to trade, and the pressure for higher profit margins.”

A writer. Not based in Brooklyn. Recent bylines with Vox, Vanity Fair, Harvard Magazine, MIT’s Undark, VICE and Playboy.

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