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“America’s War on Drugs” slated for History

The origins of the drug war and its effects on American culture will be explored in the upcoming docuseries America’s War on Drugs, slated to air on A+E Networks-owned channel ...
April 21, 2017

The origins of the drug war and its effects on American culture will be explored in the upcoming docuseries America’s War on Drugs, slated to air on A+E Networks-owned channel History.

The (8×60) docuseries from producers Talos Films is a trip through the last five decades looking at how the CIA’s obsession with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, partnered itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the U.S.

With firsthand accounts of former CIA and DEA officers, major drug traffickers, gang members, noted experts and insiders, the series explores the consequences of gangsters, war lords, spies, outlaw entrepreneurs, street gangsters and politicians who tried to control the worldwide black market for narcotics.

The four-night series premieres June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History.

America’s War on Drugs is produced for History by Talos Films. Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami and Anthony Lappé are executive producers for Talos. Michael Stiller is executive producer for History.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for America’s War on Drugs.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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