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Vancouver has been voted one of the best places to live in North America but it has a darker side. In a wealthy suburb two gangs are fighting each other for control of the local cocaine trade. Gang enforcement cops swarm the streets nightly to hunt down shooting suspects and stem the escalating tide of violence. But heavy police presence is pushing dealers to relocate downtown and customers are gravitating towards them.
Thailand is in the grip of an addiction epidemic that is spinning out of control as a candy-colored meth pill called yaba overtakes every other drug used in the country. Yaba in Thai means 'crazy medicine' and heavy use of the pill can trigger psychosis. The death penalty hangs over every dealer but that does not seem to deter them. Dealers find many ways to dodge the cops and customs authorities to keep the profits rolling in.
Marijuana is widespread amongst the student population in Boston and with National Weed day on the horizon dealers and students are gearing up.
In Austin Texas thousands of artists and over a million fans flock to the "live music capital of the world" every year and where there's live music and festivals drugs are never far away. With so many potential customers competition among sellers is fierce. The Sinaloa cartel uses a network of traffickers and runners to smuggle huge shipments of ice into Texas from Mexico but the A.T.F. and Border Patrol are trying to cut it off.
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A heroin epidemic grips New York City as a new generation of dealers hooked on prescription pills switch to heroin and venture down the Long Island Expressway, dubbed the heroin highway, into urban Brooklyn and Queens to get their fix.
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- Premiered: July 11, 2010
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: An examination of society's most abused drugs from the perspectives of dealers, users, traffickers, medical professionals and members of law enforcement. (more)