Drugs are killing Americans in record numbers, but not everyone is being hit equally hard. Police and public-health workers battling the problem near Interstate Highway I-65—which runs south-to-north through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana—are at its front lines. The highway is a supply line favored by Mexican cartels flooding Appalachia and the Midwest.
On February 1, 1890, Helen Potts, a young woman of wealth and privilege overdosed on morphine and died while attending a prestigious New York City finishing school. Her husband, a handsome med student named Carlyle Harris whom she had married in secret, had prescribed her some pills containing the drug after she complained to him about chronic headaches. But the pills contained enough morphine to kill a person—and Harris knew it. It was his plan all along.
One element of the 1978 mass death at Jonestown that hasn't been explored much is leader Jim Jones' rampant drug abuse—and how he used substances as a tool of control in his church. A&E Real Crime investigate the roles drugs played at Jonestown.