The Best Episodes of Drugs, Inc.

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 answered in this miniseries, 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.

Coke Kings and Queens

#1 - Coke Kings and Queens

Season 3 - Episode 10

Cocaine and marijuana drug fueled 24-hour lifestyle for Londoners.

star 8.19
42 votes
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#2 - Hallucinogens

Season 2 - Episode 4

Deep in the Amazon, Rob—a former Wall Street broker turned healer—has created a free clinic of sorts, administering the highly potent narcotic ayahuasca to trauma patients.

star 8.17
54 votes
Wasted In Seattle

#3 - Wasted In Seattle

Season 4 - Episode 8

Seattle attracts gangsters and dealers with its liberal laws and high demand for drugs.

star 8.15
34 votes
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Jamaican Gangs, Guns and Ganja

#4 - Jamaican Gangs, Guns and Ganja

Season 4 - Episode 2

Kingston, Jamaica, is under the control of sophisticated and warring drug gangs who manage drug trafficking and distribution at all levels.

star 8.08
49 votes
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Drug Kings of New York

#5 - Drug Kings of New York

Season 3 - Episode 4

As America's largest city, New York is a distribution hub for narcotics.

star 8.06
49 votes
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Hollywood High

#6 - Hollywood High

Season 3 - Episode 7

Heroin, cocaine and prescription pills in plentiful supply makes Los Angeles one of the biggest drug distribution hubs in the U.S.

star 7.96
48 votes
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Hurricane Blow

#7 - Hurricane Blow

Season 3 - Episode 5

New Orleans drug trade booms in the era following the Hurricane Katrina devastation.

star 7.86
35 votes
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#8 - Hash

Season 2 - Episode 2

A former British gangster serves as guide into this illicit underworld, visiting a secret hash-making location nestled in the mountains.

star 7.84
70 votes
Designer Drugs

#9 - Designer Drugs

Season 2 - Episode 7

For a few dollars, users can access dozens of compounds that mimic cocaine, ecstasy or marijuana. Sold as “Bath Salts” or “Spice,” these drugs are entirely legal.

star 7.77
48 votes
San Francisco Meth Zombies

#10 - San Francisco Meth Zombies

Season 4 - Episode 1

San Francisco, Calif. — the epicenter of the 1960s' psychedelic revolution — is notorious for drugs. But in the new millennium, the city, especially the gay community, is struggling to recover from a meth epidemic. The enabler of this situation is the Asian cartel, which has been poisoning San Francisco with high quality meth for almost 25 years — but the Mexican cartels are intent on taking over. Nat Geo goes inside one of the worst drug ghettos in America — the heart of the drug trade.

star 7.76
55 votes
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High Stakes Vegas

#11 - High Stakes Vegas

Season 3 - Episode 1

Dealers, gangs and the Mexican cartel traffickers make millions from Las Vegas tourists' demand for illegal drugs.

star 7.72
47 votes
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#12 - Marijuana

Season 1 - Episode 4

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug on the planet. To many, it's an evil weed, but to some, it's a sacred herb, even a lifesaver. For decades the global supply was controlled by criminals, but now a quasi-legal industry worth billions of dollars is booming. Visit growers who are leading a horticultural revolution, hear from users consuming for medicinal purposes, go inside the "Green Rush" of medical marijuana in cities across the U.S. and the violent marijuana cartels in Mexico.

star 7.72
77 votes
Euro Coke

#13 - Euro Coke

Season 7 - Episode 14

Cocaine is Europe-bound and which means a white-knuckle ride along the Amazon, to the docks of Ghana and Nigeria and all the way to Amsterdam.

star 7.70
30 votes
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Alaska Heroin Rush

#14 - Alaska Heroin Rush

Season 3 - Episode 2

Alaskan dealers make vast profits from crack, heroin and illicit alcohol; street gangs battle for control of the Anchorage drug market.

star 7.69
52 votes
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Windy City High

#15 - Windy City High

Season 4 - Episode 3

Chicago has one of the largest, most-saturated markets in crack and heroin in America.

star 7.68
38 votes
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#16 - Ecstasy

Season 2 - Episode 3

Known by users as the ultimate “love drug,” ecstasy’s euphoric high comes with major lows: Ravers have died from it and organized crime gangs will kill for it.

star 7.68
54 votes
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Salt Lake Sinners

#17 - Salt Lake Sinners

Season 5 - Episode 1

Behind the idyllic veneer of being one of the safest cities in the U.S, Salt Lake City is suffering from a massive drug epidemic. National Geographic pulls back the curtain and reveals the secret world of drug addiction in the Mormon community, the arrival of the cartels, and the dangers to the officers trying to control it.

star 7.67
42 votes
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Pill Nation

#18 - Pill Nation

Season 2 - Episode 6

Known as Hillbilly Heroin, Opiate pain pills can be found in every town and city across the United States. From the poorest trailer home to the most expensive mansion, they are tearing apart the fabric of American society.

star 7.66
50 votes
Dallas Dope Cowboys

#19 - Dallas Dope Cowboys

Season 5 - Episode 8

The southwest border of the U.S. is the main gateway for illegal drugs, and Dallas, Texas, is often the first port of call for the Mexican cartel drug trade. In this episode, witness how the Mexican cartels have tainted Dallas by turning it into their command and control center for the trade of their narcotics. Buyers desperate to get a hold of the cartel's high-quality product flock to Dallas from all over the country, giving local dealers the chance to make big money

star 7.65
37 votes
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#20 - Heroin

Season 1 - Episode 3

Heroin can be life threatening, claiming the lives of numerous victims. Follow this opium derivative as it begins in a remote Afghan heroin lab that processes the raw materials and then on to Chicago, where a dealer demonstrates its final preparation for street sale. Gain insight into its insidious powers from users, and witness a police raid on a heroin distribution network in New Jersey. Plus, go inside one radical attempt to combat heroin's social costs by supplying it free to addicts.

star 7.63
79 votes
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#21 - Cocaine

Season 1 - Episode 1

The supply chain of cocaine stretches around our world, bringing vast wealth to a few ... and misery to millions. Follow its trail through the eyes of peasant farmers producing cocaine paste, a trafficker tied to Mexican cartels and a 28-year-old crack dealer in Miami's poorest neighborhood. And literally see the true nature of cocaine addiction via revolutionary brain photography in a leading lab in Brookhaven, N.Y.

star 7.61
132 votes

#22 - Crack

Season 2 - Episode 1

Inside the world of producers, traffickers, dealers, users, doctors, and cops who make up the multi-billion-dollar industry.

star 7.57
72 votes
Best in the Business

#23 - Best in the Business

Season 4 - Episode 13

Every pill popped, pipe smoked and shot injected comes with a price tag. Some dealers focus their efforts on high society users — paying top dollar for the best quality stuff, while others focus on quantity — selling users just enough to scratch the itch and come back for more. Either way, the smuggling and selling of drugs brings in big money. And some of the people handling it are the best in the business.

star 7.55
22 votes
Spring Break

#24 - Spring Break

Season 6 - Episode 11

Its spring break in Florida and the wave of students means the demand for drugs is flooding the streets. In a month-long party, springbreakers’ drug of choice is “molly.” For local dealers, spring break is the busiest time of year.

star 7.54
13 votes
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Meth Boom Montana

#25 - Meth Boom Montana

Season 3 - Episode 6

Mexican and Canadian drug gangs compete for customers in the isolated terrain in Montana as officers patrol the vast region hoping to stem the tide.

star 7.52
44 votes
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