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Dopesick – Episode 6, Hammer The Abusers

Celebrations All Round

7th December 2021

We begin by watching yet another young person overdose on Oxy, this time injecting it and it’s the kid we saw former DEA agent, Bridget Meyer, Rosario Dawson (“Zombieland: Double Tap”, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”), talk to back in Kentucky.

Over in Maine, attorney Jay McCloskey, David Alexander (“Genius (TV)”, “Hillbilly Elegy”), writes to all the doctors in Maine about the dangers of Oxy. He calls a meeting with law enforcement and Purdue send a delegation.

Samuel Finnix, Michael Keaton (“American Assassin”, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), no longer a doctor after being struck-off, isn’t sharing at the AA meetings. He does learn that most people have been three to four times before they begin to get near to being clean. He’s told by one fellow attendee, “it’s here, jail or the morgue”.

Eventually, he does talk and says he’s upset and remorseful about the people in his town who he prescribed the drug to, some became addicted, some died, and he’s going to have to live with that.

He leaves the rehab centre after his allotted time, though he says he doesn’t believe he’s ready, that he still feels like he’s addicted. Almost instantly, he’s back on it and calls his receptionist Leah Turner, Arischa Conner (“Swagger (TV)”, “Lake House”), who convinces him to keep trying. He ends up on Methadone, along with many others in his town.

Bridget is back in front of the FDA but they still won’t budge. They do say that if she can prove that the drug is defective as prescribed, they will admit they’re wrong and change. She calls on the scientists to get the numbers of overdoses from Oxy, they tell her they don’t have that to hand.

They’ll need to trawl, state-by-state, by hand, going through police reports and death certificates to find it. She sets them to work but the results aren’t good. They find only a dozen with just Oxy in their system, the rest have multiple drugs in them.

Rick Mountcastle, Peter Sarsgaard (“Interrogation (TV)”, “The Survivor”), and Randy Ramseyer, John Hoogenakker (“Castle Rock (TV)”, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (TV)”), have been on the case for three years now. They celebrate by circling back to the doctors, starting with the ones in jail for over prescribing Oxy.

Randy meets one in jail and there’s nothing new until he mentions that it was the charts that Purdue showed that really swayed him. The blood release and the phrase “fewer peaks and valleys”, referring to how Oxy is slow release.

Randy realises that the chart must be inaccurate. He calls an expert who tells them that the chart has been tampered with, altered to make Oxy look good. Seen on a normal chart and you can see that Oxy has the same peaks and troughs as other narcotics.

They meet with the FDA and show them the chart. He’s shocked as he can show them the letter he sent to Purdue telling them they couldn’t use the chart and specifically banning the phrase “fewer peaks and troughs”.

Betsy Mallum, Kaitlyn Dever (“Last Man Standing (TV)”, “Monsterland (TV)”), is doing her best to get off Oxy, but struggling and when she bumps into her old dealer, things get worse. He doesn’t have Oxy, but he does have something cheaper, Heroin.

We see that Purdue have created an email system that ‘certain’ emails will be instantly deleted. They also celebrate one billion in sales, though Billy Cutler, Will Poulter (“Midsommar”, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”), isn’t happy, with anyone.

Bridget speaks to her scientists when she realises that Oxy is often prescribed with other, FDA, approved drugs. If they can filter those out, what do the numbers look like? It’s 464, she’s disappointed, until they say that 98% of those deaths are from people taking the drug as prescribed.

It’s hard to be shocked by the things that Dopesick throws up now. It’s staggering that any of this happened, let alone in a large, Western society, though, perhaps, we shouldn’t be that surprised.

Anyway, as usual this is another fantastic episode, amazing performances all round and, despite jumping around in time, it all lines up and works beautifully.

DETAILS

   

RELEASE DATE
8th December 2021

DIRECTED BY
Patricia Riggen

WRITTEN BY
Danny Strong, Eoghan O'Donnell

Running Time:
1h

THE QUICK SELL
Richard Sackler faces a catastrophic challenge to Purdue's bottom line, Bridget takes her fight to the FDA, Finnix reassesses his life as Betsy struggles to kick her addiction, and Rick and Randy find a bombshell piece of evidence.

CAST & CREW
Arischa Conner, Danny Strong, David Alexander, Eoghan O'Donnell, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Keaton, Patricia Riggen, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Will Poulter

TV / STREAMING PLATFORM
Disney+

DETAILS

   

RELEASE DATE
8th December 2021

DIRECTED BY
Patricia Riggen

WRITTEN BY
Danny Strong, Eoghan O'Donnell

Running Time:
1h

THE QUICK SELL
Richard Sackler faces a catastrophic challenge to Purdue's bottom line, Bridget takes her fight to the FDA, Finnix reassesses his life as Betsy struggles to kick her addiction, and Rick and Randy find a bombshell piece of evidence.

CAST & CREW
Arischa Conner, Danny Strong, David Alexander, Eoghan O'Donnell, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Keaton, Patricia Riggen, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Will Poulter

TV / STREAMING PLATFORM
Disney+

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