OxyContin and the Opioid Epidemic: Here’s the Truth Behind the Hulu Series ‘Dopesick’
Authored by Ken Redmile
The new Hulu series “Dopesick” tells the story of the prescription opioid epidemic in the United States through the eyes of doctors, users, and the pharmaceutical company owners and sales representatives who recklessly distributed powerful painkillers while downplaying the risk of addiction.
The series is a partly fictionalized account based on a nonfiction book. Both are all-too-real accounts of a deadly tale of greed and addiction that continues today.
The series “accurately portrays the controversy surrounding the OxyContin crisis and the pharmaceutical companies, such as Purdue Pharma, who preyed on everyday people’s pain,” David Dorschu, CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay in South Amboy, New Jersey, told Healthline.
“The show also highlighted the local doctors who genuinely cared about their patients and were trying to do their best to alleviate their suffering,” Dorschu said. “A long-lasting ‘miracle pill’ that relieves acute pain with little potential for abuse or addiction was very attractive and simply too hard to resist.”
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