Program Details

America's Drug Problem: An American Life Lost Every 5 Minutes

Robert Stutman

Course Description

America has the worst drug problem in the world. One hundred thousand Americans died from drug overdose in 2021 - a 40% increase from 2020. That is one death every five minutes in the United States - more than two commercial airline planes crashing every day in the United States. What would we do if that was happening? WE'D STOP FLYING! Yet, we do almost nothing about the drug epidemic. Why are we here? How did we get here? Who is dying? The best estimate is that if we continue the way we are, approximately 1.4 million Americans will die from drug overdose over the next eight years. How do we turn this around? This lecture will illuminate the American drug crisis.

About the Instructor

  • Robert Stutman, formerly "the most famous narc in America" (New York Magazine), spent 25-years as one of America's highest-profile DEA Special Agents. As head of DEA's largest office in the world, New York, Stutman became so visible; Pablo Escobar had at one time targeted him for assassination. He has been a Special Consultant on substance abuse for CBS & PBS News, frequently appears on national television shows, and has been a consultant on several films. His autobiography, Dead on Delivery, published by Warner Books, was the basis for the television movie Mob Justice.