Meth Country - An Unstoppable Epidemic

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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 meth, with states like California passing laws that let people in the possession of meth back out on the street with just a ticket. Since the Patriot Act was passed, it's become harder for meth manufacturers in the US to get their hands on the precursor 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. This has had a major effect not only in the US but in Mexico as well, where meth labs are so ubiquitous that consumption from Mexican nationals is seeing a spike.

METH COUNTRY tracks the modern-day flow of meth from Mexico into the United States and the consumption of the drug in both countries. We start in Culiacán, Mexico in the meth labs of the Cartel, before following the drug to Fresno, CA—America’s “meth capital.” There, we talk to ex-Sinaloa mules, spend time with street-level dealers and addicts, and embed with law enforcement as they raid local stash houses. METH COUNTRY is a holistic look at meth’s violent and deadly comeback.

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I'm 100 days sober from meth today. So glad I'm not doing it anymore. It truly is the devil's drug, so sumptuous, so decadent, so evil, so sublime, so disgusting. I love it. I miss it. I hate it. Please don't ever do meth.

Author — Francesca


This is the shit I missed from VICE, thank you.

Author — Bilal S


I’m so happy bud is the only high I enjoyed as a teen.

Author — Dads Jays


I been sober for 175 days and it feels great crystal meth it's a hell of a drug I pray to God I don't ever use it again I started smoking it at 15 I'm 22 now thank you Jesus

Author — Juan Salinas


A popular barber in my town just got arrested for being a drug dealer. That’s crazy, I’ve been going to him for years. I never knew he was a barber

Author — Shane Walker


I was offered meth several times, never will I ever touch it.

Author — Kyle C.


The attitude the pill packager had when he said..."I dont know where my product goes after that" VS. the look on his face when questioned about his local neighborhood could see the guilt in his eyes....that idgaf spark in his voice was gone...he completely changed. He hates being the reason his family...his neighbors are sick. Its different when it hits home.

Author — Kelsey Lee


“Id give y’all guys a line but y’all would try to hump eachother” 😂😂😂😂I laughed too hard

Author — Jake Hudgins


The “War on Drugs” is a complete failure. Addicts will use if they want to and nothing is going to stop them. Addicts get clean, only if they want to get clean and when they are ready.

Author — Joshua Simi


for all the nightmares they're going through, every addict that *will not* let a curious person do it for the first time; is admirable in my book.

Author — Cookie's House Cannabis Co


Just to see these gangs with kilos and kilos in front of them and then these heavily over stretched police force officers high fiveing over 8 grams and a stolen handgun makes you really realise how hopeless the war on drugs really is.

Author — Spaxcore


273 days clean from everything and still counting ! Life is good, to anyone out there still struggling YOU can do it too ☺

Author — Munir Osman


It’s an epidemic only when it hit the burbs

Author — WRedPhill1001


2 grams of meth & 5 sheriffs joking vs 2 guys being serious & a 500lb drum of meth cooking..Drugwar Officially Lost/Then again, we count fund the U.S.criminal justice racket without stolen drug money.

Author — P.T.


The last time I smoked meth was 8 years ago.
Now that I know better, I do better.🙏🏻

Author — lol nope


Nice job vice, showing the situation from all sides unbiasedly. This is how you create documentaries and report news.

Author — Tracy


Law: “Drugs will ruin your life, so if you do drugs we will ruin your life”

Author — Salih Özdemir


Meth is a sad drug. Makes zombies with a smile that will take and steal from the ones that love them, and will be spiteful towards their victims.

Author — rob smith


I don’t like that cop with the backwards hat, he gives off “I wear a backwards hat” vibes

Author — Whitney


I’ve been clean from meth since February 2020 and I must say it feels great, It all started as a kid I grew up taking adderal and other stimulant based adhd medicine and when I turned 13 I tried meth, it had taken over my whole family and I was and outcast because I didn’t do it but now I’m the only one not still doing meth or in prison for meth and I’m thankful, I think about my family every time I have temptation, I tell myself that i am stronger then that, now I’m 18 and living a way better life, I hope some of you struggling with meth will hear my story and use my story as a way to help get sober

Author — Shane Mims