From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. On Friday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the timely SHOWTIME docu-series “The Trade” continues to spotlight the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses, and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.
Don Miguel responds to a shooting in his territory as drug-related violence in Mexico continues to escalate. In Columbus, Detective Mark Edwards investigates the overdose death of a young mother and tries to charge the person who gave her the deadly heroin. Nearby in Dayton, Richard runs a recovery clinic but is struggling to help his own daughter Brittany deal with her heroin addiction.
Directed and executive produced by Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) along with executive producer and showrunner Pagan Harleman, “The Trade” seeks to break through the simplistic and often erroneously counterproductive assumptions surrounding the opioid phenomenon by spotlighting those caught in the crisis: friends and neighbors, sisters, and brothers.