Broadcasting on Disney +, Dopesick looks back on the opiate crisis that is still affecting the United States. Danny Strong, the creator of the series, and Beth Macy, the author of the book from which the series is adapted, take us behind the scenes of this drama.
Created and written by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games), Dopesick portrays families affected by the opioid crisis in the United States and chronicles how victimized drug addicts and their loved ones wage a war against the pharmaceutical lobbies.
Adapted from Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy, the series transcribes the long investigation of the journalist who looked back on 20 years of this scandal which made America addicted to a devastating product: OxyContin, created and marketed by the company Purdue Pharma.
A pharmaceutical scandal still relevant
Considered to be the main culprit behind the opioid crisis in America, OxyContin has made many people addicted to this pain medication, introduced in 1995. For more than twenty years, this flagship product in palliative care to relieve pain chronic pain has met with huge commercial success and has affected many populations.
It was not until the early 2000s that authorities, media and scientists became concerned about Purdue Pharma’s false advertising of this product, which the pharmaceutical company claimed to be a low addictive drug.
In 2017, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to one of the heaviest fines ever imposed on a pharmaceutical company for labeling and misleading OxyContin, with three executives found criminally guilty. Even today, Purdue Pharma still markets opioids and is still at the heart of many lawsuits surrounding the opioid crisis.
In eight episodes, Dopesick retraces this pharmaceutical scandal that affected the United States. Its creator Danny Strong and the author Beth Macy told DashFUN behind the scenes of this series, broadcast since November 12 on Disney + Star in France.
The trailer for Dopesick, streaming on Disney +: