Getting round the pain release system on the OxyContin is easy, you simply crush the tablets, or remove the outer layer with saliva and then snort it. But kids are dying doing this.
Dr. Samuel Finnix, Michael Keaton (“American Assassin”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), has patients worried about Oxy, they feel they are getting addicted to it, in reality, he is himself addicted, taking it from his patients.
Richard Sackler, Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Shape of Water”, “Doctor Strange”), is told that his 1% addiction rate is starting to come undone. People are getting addicted and he’s told to find someone who will be aggressive in their rebuttal.
They find David Haddox, Aaron Serotsky (“Men in Black: International”, “Ray Donovan (TV)”), a former dentist who believes opioids are completely safe. He has a term, pseudo addiction, which means you aren’t addicted, but your addiction is the symptom of pain, what you need is more pain drugs.
Haddox is brought in by Purdue and gives a speech to the sales team about pseudo addiction. One woman stands up and calls him out on it, she’s then fired.
Rick Mountcastle, Peter Sarsgaard (“Interrogation (TV)”, “The Survivor”), and Randy Ramseyer, John Hoogenakker (“Castle Rock (TV)”, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (TV)”), are drowning in the paperwork and also unable to get hold of the doctor who did the “less than 1%” study.
They then try to find the report that was written, reading ever New England Journal of Medicine magazine, a weekly publication, from 1987 to 1994. Eventually, they call the magazine and are told the doctor in question writes in lots of letters.
They find it, a five sentence letter he wrote to the magazine. Fast forward to the trial and he’s called to witness. He has no idea that his letter is being deemed a ‘study’ and referenced in large reports as proof of opioids not being addictive. His actual study was of a tiny amount of people, all in hospital, in a controlled environment.
Deputy director, Bridget Meyer, Rosario Dawson (“Zombieland: Double Tap”, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”), is getting nowhere with the FDA, they won’t pull the drug. She meets with Purdue and tries to slap them down, but they simply answer with “we’ll take that under advisement”. They’re neither scared nor interested in what she has to say.
Billy Cutler, Will Poulter (“Midsommar”, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), visits Samuel, who is going through withdrawal from Oxy. He doesn’t want to see Billy, wants nothing to do with him. He punches him and throws him out, tells him never to come back again.
Samuel has it bad, as well as punching people, calling people trying to get Oxy, he punches his way into a glass cabinet to get the last lot of Oxy he has left. He then visits drug dealers to get Oxy and is told to snort them, to get a better hit.
Betsy Mallum, Kaitlyn Dever (“Last Man Standing (TV)”, “Monsterland (TV)”), is now working at a gas station and is a full-on addict to Oxy. She has a drug-dealer friend and they drive to Florida to scam some more clinics for Oxy.
She is basically looked at in the clinic and then offered Oxy in exchange for something from her. She says it’s fine, she has cash, and the clinician simply gives her the prescription.
Her family stage an intervention and convince her to go to an AA meeting. In the toilets, one of the other people there sells her some Oxy.
I guess, what we see here, is not just the level of addiction sweeping American, but also how fragmented the governmental departments are. How one doesn’t care what the other is doing, or says. They don’t listen, won’t listen, the blinkers are on and they don’t come off. It’s scary.
24th November 2021
THE QUICK SELL
With OxyContin abuse spreading across the country, Bridget brings the fight to Purdue while Rick and Randy seek to find a whistleblower within Purdue to tie their case together.
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