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October 9, 2022

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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