Painkiller: America's Fentanyl Crisis

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The opioid crisis hit a milestone this past year: fentanyl killed more people in a single year than any other drug in modern history. How did we get here? VICE News reporter Keegan Hamilton (Chapo: Kingpin on Trial) tracks the third wave of the opioid crisis.

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In 2019 fentanyl killed more people in a single year than any other drug in modern history. How did we get here? VICE News reporter Keegan Hamilton (Chapo: Kingpin on Trial) tracks the third wave of the opioid crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2020

30 sec

How one overdose death led to the takedown of a major online fentanyl dealer and became a window into the global drug trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2020

9 min 20 sec

A small-town fisherman becomes a dark web fentanyl dealer after an accident leads him down the path to addiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 2020

24 min 27 sec

After a North Dakota teen dies from a fentanyl overdose, federal agents track down the man who supplied the lethal dose and crack his international network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

25 min 59 sec

A Chinese businessman who advertises fentanyl for sale online agrees to a meeting in Shanghai, but our reporting reveals that on the internet things aren’t always as they seem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

43 min 36 sec

Sinaloa cartel members show the inner-workings of their fentanyl trafficking network, which involves smuggling illicit precursor chemicals into Mexico by boat, then mixing fentanyl with heroin at a clandestine drug lab. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

37 min 58 sec

A chronic pain patient who relies on fentanyl finds himself on the verge of suicide after the DEA arrests his doctor during a nationwide crackdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

40 min

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe fights back against America’s largest opioid distributor, joining an epic legal battle against a company accused of reaping billions of dollars in profits while spreading addiction on the reservation and across the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

28 min 57 sec

Activists from the Black Panthers and Young Lords create a revolutionary model for addiction treatment after taking over a hospital during an opioid epidemic in the South Bronx in 1970. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

31 min 34 sec

As front-line workers pick up the bodies of overdose victims in San Francisco, harm reductionists and doctors look for ways to save lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 2020

41 min 14 sec