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The opioid crisis through the eyes of the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement.

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Magda and Rossni cross into the United States but must figure out how to support themselves; Sochil becomes increasingly worried about her family's safety; Juana, a grandmother with six kids, faces deportation after 20 years in the United States.
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Magda and Rossni must split with their group to improve their chances of crossing; a woman who was sexually abused tries to expose a sex-trafficking network; Homeland Security officers follow a potential sex-trafficking case to Ohio.
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Magda and her brother-in-law try to jump on a cargo train headed for the U.S. border; a family in Mexico mourns the death of their son who drowned trying to cross the river into the United States; Agent Ramirez tries to take down a smuggling cell.
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Magda flees Honduras with her daughter, hoping to make it to the United States; in Colorado, Victor awaits his next ICE hearing and possible deportation; Agent Ramirez leads an investigation into a smuggling cell in McAllen, Texas.
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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.