From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Watch Dopesick Oct 13, only on Hulu
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Hulu series roams the hills of Appalachia and the boardrooms of Purdue Pharma to tell a story of greed and suffering.
Based largely on the 2018 book by Beth Macy, the show seeks to dramatize how members of the Sackler family and their company Purdue Pharma, aided by lax regulations, pushed OxyContin onto the public starting in the 1990s. OxyContin’s introduction is now viewed as the start of the opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 500,000 people nationwide and addicted millions more.
At the moral center of “Dopesick” is Dr. Samuel Finnix, a family practitioner in the fictional Appalachian town of Finch Creek, Va., played by Michael Keaton. (His character, like several others, is an amalgam of several real-life people.) Finnix is persuaded by aggressive Purdue salespeople that OxyContin is a miracle drug — a powerful, long-acting painkiller that they insist is addictive in less than 1 percent of people who take it as prescribed.