Mexican cartels and criminals are the leading producers of illegal synthetic drugs. This shift is fuelling the latest phase in America’s opioid crisis.
00:00 – The growing market of illicit synthetic drugs
01:05 – Mexico’s booming production of illegal fentanyl
02:22 – The third wave of America’s opioid crisis
03:56 – What are the costs of illicit fentanyl production?
04:53 – How is illegal fentanyl manufactured?
05:33 – What is China’s role?
06:51 – How dangerous is producing fentanyl?
07:53 – Why have cartels turned to fentanyl?
09:33 – Why are fentanyl pills so popular?
11:39 – The gig economy and illicit drug production
12:51 – How is fentanyl production democratising Mexico’s drug market?
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