While the war on opioids rages on in America, meth is making a comeback.
Legislation around the war on drugs has shifted dramatically in the decade since Congress first went after methamphetamine, with states like California passing laws that let people in the possession of the drug back out on the street with just a ticket.
Since the Patriot Act was passed, it’s become harder for meth manufacturers in the U.S. to get their hands on the chemicals to make the product, and with such huge demand, the manufacturing has moved to Mexico where production has exploded.
Mexican cartels have begun mass-producing and exporting the deadly drug, and meth has never been purer, cheaper, or more lethal as a result.
VICE’s “Meth Country” starts in Culiacán, Mexico in the meth labs of the cartels, before following the drug to Fresno, California—America’s meth capital.
There, VICE talks to ex-Sinaloa mules, spends time with street-level dealers and addicts, and embeds with law enforcement as they raid local stash houses.
Watch “Meth Country” above and read the story at VICE.
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