Dopesick is a must-watch limited series

Drug features powerful performances from Michael Keaton and Kaitlyn Dever in this must-see limited series from Hulu about addiction.

This series, created by Danny Strong and based on Beth Macy’s book, humanizes the opioid epidemic in ways I never thought possible. Across eight episodes, we watch things unfold on multiple fronts: a small mining town in Virginia, the DEA, Purdue Pharma, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia. It’s compelling TV and a must-have. Depending on the weather, the series can be completed in a day or two.

Although some characters are fictional, they are based on real people. DEA Agent Bridget Meyer (Rosario Dawson) is fictional, but I’m now curious if the DEA had a high-ranking person of color during this time. Likewise, a quick Google search tells me that neither Dr. Samuel Finnix (Michael Keaton) nor Betsy Mallum (Kaitlyn Dever) are real people either. However, Finnix is ​​a composite of many doctors, but Stephen Loyd plays a big influence. That’s how it is when books are adapted for television or cinema. However, that doesn’t take anything away from the powerful series. Regarding the plea deal in the final episode, a number of people stand up to testify. I’m curious if some people have been affected by addiction in real life.

Overall, there isn’t much of a racial component to the show either. This is mainly because they focus on predominantly white Appalachian towns. Much of it comes down to public health care and the fight against opioids. Addiction is a serious problem. It certainly extends beyond rural communities. Black drug addicts in urban cities usually end up serving prison time. I say this myself as a caffeine addict – it’s definitely not the same as opioids, but quitting caffeine isn’t easy. It is because of this that I can understand why Dr. Finnix and Betsy become drug addicts. Even with Dr. Finnix, you can’t help but see the guilt when you look at what’s happening to the community. He just needs to leave town! The doctor in him always wants to help people overcome their addiction and start the healing process.

The Sackler family must be held accountable for their actions. Removing their names from museums and the like is not enough. They knew their drug was addictive and lied about it! Where are the consequences?!? It’s not enough that some executives get away with a misdemeanor. What angers me is how unwilling Main Justice was to go after Purdue Pharma. It was the local office that did most of the work. US Attorney John L. Brownlee (Jake McDorman) and US Assistant Attorneys Rick Mountcastle (Peter Sarsgaard) and Randy Ramseyer (John Hoogenakker) are heroes for suing Big Pharma. Without them, it is highly unlikely that anyone at Purdue Pharma would have suffered any consequences. But again, no one at Purdue has spent any time in jail.

The latest episode discusses class action lawsuits filed by state attorneys general. However, there is recent news due to a new settlement this week. Unfortunately, this protects Purdue Pharma owners from legal action. On the one hand, I’m glad to know that they are paying a greater amount of money. But on the other hand, criminals have to spend time in jail for their actions. This settlement does not protect the family from criminal charges. There should definitely be criminal charges in the future! How many deaths are on the hands of Richard Sackler? Too much. He is also a criminal and should be in jail. It’s no understatement to describe Sackler as a James Bond villain. To this day, the Sackler family denies ANY wrongdoing. Unacceptable! We wouldn’t even have a massive opioid epidemic without their actions. I cannot stress this enough.

CREATOR: Danny Strong
DIRECTORS: Barry Levinson (101-102), Michael Cuesta (103-104), Patricia Riggen (105-106), Danny Strong (107-108)
Writers: Danny Strong (101-102, 108), Danny Strong and Beth Macy (103, 107), Jessica Mecklenburg (104), Danny Strong and Benjamin Rubin (105), Danny Strong and Eoghan O’Donnell (106)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Danny Strong, John Goldwyn, Michael Keaton, Barry Levinson, Warren Littlefield, Beth Macy and Karen Rosenfelt
ACTORS: Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, with Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson

All episodes of Dopesick stream on Hulu. Rating: 5/5

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