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The opioid epidemic is widespread, and it ravages communities in Mexico as well as the United States. The docuseries examines this crisis through those who it has affected the most: the addicts, the growers, and those in law enforcement. Vinnie Malhotra, Showtime senior vice-president of documentaries, unscripted and sports programming, said, "The Trade" is a powerful and visceral odyssey from the poppy fields of cartel-controlled Mexico to the battle to save lives in heartland America. Heinemann masterfully delivers one of the most bold and emotional narratives in documentary today."

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In Columbus, Ohio, Sergeant Smith zeroes in on a dealer who mixes heroin with Fentanyl; in Mexico, Don Miguel finds himself trapped in the drug trade; back in Atlanta, Skyler signs himself up for long-term treatment.
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Don Miguel celebrates a birthday as Mexican Federal police move to crack down on drug trafficking; Special Agent James tracks down a suspect; Laura and Dan locate their son, Andrew, and convince him to turn himself in for outstanding drug charges.
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In the border town of Juarez, Mexico, a trafficker explains how heroin is transported to the United States; Special Agent James starts tracking the drug supply back to its source; in Atlanta, John hits the street to feed his habit.
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Don Miguel responds to a shooting in his territory; Edwards investigates the overdose death of a young mother; Richard runs a recovery clinic.
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A look inside America's heroin crisis; Don Miguel struggles to control poppy fields; Det. Edwards orchestrates a traffic stop to close in on a dealer; Skyler moves home with his parents.

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How does the drug trade work? Can it be stopped or should it be regulated? And what are the personal costs? Those are just some of the questions asked in this series, a comprehensive look at society's most abused drugs: cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. First-person perspectives from traffickers, dealers, users, law enforcement and medical professionals detail how the drugs are processed and moved onto the streets, and the effects they have on the human body. It's a raw, eye-opening documentary about a billion-dollar industry.
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Louis Theroux visits three American cities and examines a uniquely devastating human crisis in each.