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America's Drug War

Story by Deborah Amos

After 30 years and billions of tax dollars, America's war against drugs rages on, unabated and across many borders. Combatants from both sides of the drug war - traffickers, informants, money launders, federal agents, addicts, and politicians - shed light on the U.S. government's fight against one of the world's most profitable industries. More >

Photography by Steve Schapiro
Steve Schapiro, contributing photographer for American RadioWorks, shoots the drug war and those trying to get help:
Drug traffickers Busted at the Border
Life is Better Without Heroin at a Methadone clinic.
Drug Free a Day at a Time at a men's recovery home
Read Other's Stories
We collected stories from people with first-hand experience with the drug trade or addiction:
Read Stories


This special report is based on a series that ran last fall on All Things Considered from NPR News(SM) in collaboration with PBS's Frontline.

NPR Coverage
PBS Coverage
Site Credits:
Correspondent: Deborah Amos
Editor: Deborah George
Coordinating Producers: Stephanie Curtis and Sasha Aslanian
Technical Director: Craig Thorson
Managing Editor: Stephen Smith

Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg
Photography: Steve Schapiro
Online Intern: Emily Thompson
Web Manager: John Pearson
Web Art Director: Darby Laing


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