The BEST Episodes of Drugs, Inc.
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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.
#1 - Holidaze
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 18, 2015
Follow the rise in demand for narcotics during Mardi Gras, Spring Break, Independence Day, and New Years Eve, through the eyes of dealers, law enforcement and users
#2 - Designer Drugs
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 12, 2012
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.
#3 - Hallucinogens
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 15, 2012
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.
#4 - Coke Kings and Queens
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 6, 2013
Cocaine and marijuana drug fueled 24-hour lifestyle for Londoners.
#5 - Hawaiian Ice
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2012
Hawaii has one of the highest rates of crystal meth users in the nation.
#6 - Spring Break
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 21, 2015
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.
#7 - Cartel City: Arizona
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 13, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona is the de facto wholesale drug capital of America.
#8 - Stashville: Tennessee
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 20, 2013
Music and drugs go hand in hand in Nashville.
#9 - Meth Boom Montana
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 9, 2012
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.
#10 - Ecstasy
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 8, 2012
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.
#11 - High in Houston
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 1, 2013
In the Fifth Ward, a drug hub of Huston, Tex., see firsthand how drugs are dominating the area's economy and populous. We'll talk to a major crack cocaine dealer, a Hispanic street gang member, addicts, a pimp who claims to rule the streets and a full-patch member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas white supremacist prison gang. Learn about a prescription cough remedy that abusers call lean named because if you take enough of it, you lean or fall over.
#12 - Ketamine
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 22, 2012
Ketamine—chemically, a compound called ketamine hydrochloride—is a drug that was developed in the 1960s to sedate animals and humans for surgery, though it eventually was replaced by medications that worked faster with less risk. Beginning in the 1990s, initially to the puzzlement of police, burglars began breaking into veterinary clinics and stealing ketamine. They soon learned that recreational drug users had discovered ketamine and were turning it into the new hallucinogenic party drug. In its standard powdered form, ketamine looked like cocaine, and could be snorted in the same way. But it also could be easily modified for injecting, smoking or even mixing into drinks.
#13 - Drug Kings of New York
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2012
As America's largest city, New York is a distribution hub for narcotics.
#14 - The Drug Makers
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 17, 2013
See the underground world of drugs through the eyes of its makers. A former British gangster serves as guide into this illicit underworld, visiting a secret hash-making location nestled in the mountains. Check out growers in Holland who are leading a horticultural revolution in high-grade cannabis. Follow a batch of raw opium from an Afghan poppy field to an Iranian heroin lab. Follow the supply chain of cocaine through the eyes of Colombian peasant farmers producing the drug in a paste.
#15 - Rocky Mountain High
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 15, 2013
Denver's legalization of recreational use of marijuana in January 2014,could be the downfall of the city's gang-banger dealers who have seen falling profits since medical marijuana became legal in 2001.
#16 - Miami Vices
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 22, 2013
Miami has been used to traffic drugs into the United States from Latin America.
#17 - Boston Benzo Buzz
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 3, 2014
Dominican drug networks tied directly to the Mexican cartel are distributing countless amounts of narcotics in the historic city of Boston, fueling a widespread epidemic that law enforcement and emergency services can hardly contain. The Dominican drug organizations are increasingly using Puerto Rican dealers as their middlemen to flood the city with heroin. The epidemic touches all communities, making Boston one of the leading cities for heroin distribution.
#18 - Memphis Mayhem
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 30, 2014
In Memphis, Tenn., drug habits are changing. Along Elvis Presley Blvd., addicts are switching to heroin as supplies of cocaine dry up following a successful kingpin takedown. Now, dealers with pockets stuffed full of cash are attracting deadly stick-up crews who roam the streets looking for easy targets. Ride alongside Memphis cops as they find themselves confronted by paranoid and trigger-happy dealers as they try to stop a heroin epidemic from engulfing the city.
#19 - Euro Coke
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 25, 2015
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.
#20 - Hash
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 1, 2012
A former British gangster serves as guide into this illicit underworld, visiting a secret hash-making location nestled in the mountains.
#21 - Marijuana
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 12, 2010
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.
#22 - Dope-landia
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 23, 2014
Portland's progressive attitudes have made it a mecca for America's homeless and they're helping fund the deadliest drug market in the Pacific Northwest. Here, pushers prey on the young, handing them free sample bags of narcotics to turn them into new customers. With thousands of Portland's youths succumbing to heroin's powerful allure, local police have made it their No. 1 priority to disrupt the flow into the city by smashing the local distribution networks.
#23 - Cokeland
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 9, 2014
After being rocked by a corruption scandal and a budget deficit in the range of 58 million dollars, the city's police department's staffing and morale are in bad shape. National Geographic follows an elite team of detectives who are trying to establish some control over the free for all drug market. Using their access to the dealers, users, and gang members at the heart of the problem NGC gives us a inside look at the drug infested city.
#24 - Shooting Up Suburbia
Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Dec 30, 2015
In Vancouver, a suburban gang war and heavy police presence drives some dealers and their customers to move downtown. But the cops are in hot pursuit.
#25 - Going to Extremes
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 24, 2013
The sale of drugs accounts for billions of dollars in illegal commerce across the globe, bringing untold wealth to a select few. But these men and women who live lavish lifestyles off the sale of drugs rarely associate themselves with the ugly underbelly where their products hit the streets with users. These stories show that wherever people use be it an island paradise or a cold city street they can get lost in the shuffle. This episode will go deep into the stories of the users.