Season 19, Episode 2 Drug Wars

First Aired: October 10, 2000

Veteran reporter-producer Lowell Bergman charts the U.S. Government's largely futile efforts to stem drug trafficking in this panoramic two-part report. Bergman enlists both drug “warriors” (retired U.S. agents) and former traffickers to tell this sad 30-year saga. As Part 1 begins, the Nixon Administration is focusing its antidrug efforts on treatment. The strategy didn't last, and Bergman believes that it's too bad it didn't. As he puts it: “People involved in the drug business say, 'hey, this is a business. If there is no great demand, we wouldn't be supplying it'.”

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  • Premise: PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar… (more)

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