Hulu’s Dopesick Hammers Purdue Pharma for Role in Opioid Crisis

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Last week, NPR TV critic and adjunct professor at Duke University Eric Deggans hosted a Twitter Spaces discussion on Hulu’s Dopesick—asking hard questions such as whether or not Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family are responsible for their roles in the opioid crisis. The Sackler family’s private company Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin® in 1996—ushering a new era of powerful painkillers. Documents made public last year show how Purdue Pharma actively pushed for more prescriptions of painkillers. Has the opioid crisis improved? Absolutely not. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a “record high” of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending in March 2021—overwhelmingly led by opioids. It’s a complex problem, as opioid restrictions due to the crisis also prevent people with actual pain from receiving their meds. The limited series on Hulu was created by Danny Strong and stars Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, Peter Sarsgaard and William Jack Poulter. Keaton stars as Dr. Samuel Finnix, who caught in the middle of a crisis between drug manufacturers and patients. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestseller Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, written by author Beth Macy. I hosted a Twitter Spaces talk on Hulu's series Dopesick, w/author Beth Macy, showrunner Danny Strong and more. Among questions: Was Purdue Pharma exec Richard Sackler really that bloodless? Was Michael Keaton's character based on a real person? Answers: https://t.co/pN42pPeRtl— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) November 8, 2021https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Macy’s book and the corresponding Hulu series tackle the opioid crisis with a specific focus on Purdue Pharma. The first three episodes of the eight-episode series were released on October 13, 2021, and the latest episode aired Wednesday. Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Crisis? The New Yorker tore into the Sackler family’s reputation in…

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