The Cocaine Supply Chain

National Geographic investigates popular “recreational” drugs in its upcoming Drugs, Inc. series, starting this Sunday, July 11 with a look at coke, then continuing on to marijuana, heroin and meth:

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.

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  • Fuzzgun80

    It's ironic that cocaine is still considered to be an immoral recreational drug – prescription “antidepressants” work by stimulating 2/3 of the same three neurotransmitters responsible for cocaine's mood elevating effects.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Stop making sense and get with the program………LOL!

  • Gemmarama

    yeah but antidepressants just numb you whereas coke turns you into a horny, greedy, grasping monster…

    • Fuzzgun80

      Obviously the effects aren't exactly the same. But two molecules that act on the same neurotransmitters via the same pathways are still in the same drug class, and carry the same risks to the brain.

    • Hadrian999

      people are horny,greedy, grasping monsters,
      can't blame the drug for that.

      • E.B. Wolf

        No doubt. But coke does act as a turbocharger for those instincts.

      • Gemmarama

        speak for yourself you black-hearted cynic! i think people are lovely. they're turned into monsters by a combination of economic and societal pressures, media representations of human “nature” and behaviour, soul-destroying governent, and cultural deprivation. cocaine is just another weapon in their arsenal of anti-life weaponry. no coincidence it's dealt by the CIA. i believe in one's right to absolutely stuff one's nostrils with whatever drug one pleases but let's face it, all drugs are different (and have a different effect on each person). coke is particularly nasty, and now it's everywhere. remember when it was 60quid and strictly for special occasions? although antidepressants suck too. keep it natural, folks.

        why are we surprised a mainstream television documentary is bullshit btw?

  • wfzlsster

    This 4 minute clip is about all I can stand from NatGeo. As far as I'm concerned they are just another right wing propaganda tool piggy backing on what used to be a reputable institution. Will they get into the history of CIA trafficking of coke? Will they do another documentary on the 100,000 people dying every year from prescription drugs in this country? Having seen only this small segment of the overall documentary it is presumptuous to comment on the rest of it but I'm betting the real purpose of this is to vilify the South American people and to garner continued support for the failed 'war on drugs'.

    • chonus

      Hear, hear!

    • oman28

      Kinda like the History Channel

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Stop making sense and get with the program………LOL!

  • Gemmarama

    speak for yourself you black-hearted cynic! i think people are lovely. they’re turned into monsters by a combination of economic and societal pressures, media representations of human “nature” and behaviour, soul-destroying governent, and cultural deprivation. cocaine is just another weapon in their arsenal of anti-life weaponry. no coincidence it’s dealt by the CIA. i believe in one’s right to absolutely stuff one’s nostrils with whatever drug one pleases but let’s face it, all drugs are different (and have a different effect on each person). coke is particularly nasty, and now it’s everywhere. remember when it was 60quid and strictly for special occasions? although antidepressants suck too. keep it natural, folks.

    why are we surprised a mainstream television documentary is bullshit btw?