17 Jan 2022

Captagon: The drug turning Lebanon and Syria into narco-states

International Editor

It fuelled the Syrian war, and now it’s propping up both the Syrian and Lebanese economies.

Captagon, a speed-like amphetamine, was the favourite of fighters on the frontline, and is now turning both countries into narco-states.

Channel 4 News has obtained footage of an illegal Captagon factory on the Lebanese-Syrian border. It’s one of scores of underground labs churning out millions of pills, creating a crisis of addiction across the Middle East.

Filmed and produced by Michael Downey.