One nation, overdosed

ABC News and more than 60 of its affiliates partnered up to show the size, scope, and heartbreak of the national opioid crisis.
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We have been reporting here on the opioid crisis in America for more than a year now, and tonight, we're back on it with an extraordinary partnership between ABC news and more than 60 of our affiliates to show the scope, the size, the heartbreak across this country. And tonight here, this front here in New York City. What we just discovered at JFK airport today. Feint nel coming from China? Here's ABC's senior justice correspondent, Pierre Thomas tonight. Reporter: Agents in protective suits. Finding the powerful opioid, feint Noll from China. We're in another front with the opioid epidemic. The Dea and the Tempe police. Today's target, alleged members of a drug ring with suspected ties to a Mexican ar tell. It's time to strike. We found a large sum of money, and we'll continue to tear the vehicle down until we see if there is more dope in here. Reporter: During our week long look into the crisis, others grapple with heartbreak. One family 15 miles away in Kentucky, 23-year-old Veronica, young and full of life doesn't make it through a weekend break from rehab. She was so good at hiding it. This is the first time we have heard heroin and Veronica's name mentioned. Reporter: According to the CDC, more than 33,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2015. We're hitting the main guy's house. This is the main target of this whole investigation. Reporter: We're with Dea agents that continue to take could be that suspected ring. Agents searched the house. Then jackpot. We're still searching, but we have pulled out 15 pounds of heroin. This is worth 1 million bucks. Let's go back to what you discovered today. It's been flown into this country, you discovered? Not just coming over the southern border. In some cases, the opioids are being chipped in from as far away as China. They are so toxic and it can cause on overdose if you touch it. That's why you see the hazmat suits. Far more powerful than the Hearn itself. Pierre will have much more, "One nation, overdosed." That's tonight, and hope you will watch or set your DVR. Thank you.

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