The series, DOPESICK, was released a year ago. I am not sure why I kept putting off viewing this award-winning show, but I am so glad I finally took the time to learn about a horrifying period in our history.
DOPESICK shined a powerful light on the struggle of opioid addiction. It took us on a difficult journey spanning a thirty-year battle against Purdue Pharma and the makers of the highly addictive drug, OxyContin. The story is based on the book by Beth Macy. During its peak years, Oxy was more popular than Cocaine and Heroin. It caused hundreds of deaths due to overdose and addicted far too many to count. OxyContin destroyed lives, families, and communities. The sad part is that the company knew how dangerous a drug it was, yet they bought off every agency in its path so they could continue to make billions of dollars. Perseverance and the dedication of a few took Purdue down, but at what a cost?
This epic series hosts star and acting quality. Doctor Finnix (Michael Keaton) leads the cast with a phenomenal portrayal of an ordinary man caught in OxyContin’s clutches. He is up for the Emmy this year, and it would not surprise me in the least when he wins. He took all of us through the layers of this insidious drug from both perspectives. He was riveting. The entire ensemble was compelling, heart-breaking, raw, authentic, and “must-see” tv. They brought me to tears many times as I witnessed their struggles.
DOPESICK is based on actual facts and real incidents, especially within a tiny community in West Virginia. Appalachia country…mining people are the heart of this saga. I would urge all to add DOPESICK to your “watchlist.” It is not an easy tale to tell, but it was never meant to be. Sometimes you have to “walk through the pain and misery to get to the other side. Then pain holds no power. It is just pain…not good, not bad.”
DOPESICK is available to stream on HULU.