Dopesick: the shocking Disney Plus series

Dopesick
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Creator Danny Strong and cast Will Poulter and Kaitlyn Dever tell us how traumatized they have been over the outrageous true story behind the Opioid Crisis, which has ravaged America for a quarter of a century.

It’s the kind of series that shakes you deeply. Which eats away at you from within, its history is so scandalous. Dopesick will be launched on Friday in France, on Disney Plus. And you will find it hard to believe your eyes, like its creator, Danny strong (Empire) when adapting Beth Macy’s book to recount the health disaster caused by Purdue Pharma, legally, in the mid-1990s:

“Everything that I learned shocked me. And the show is, in fact, structured around these shocks… With every new dishonest news I discovered, I was like crazy. So I cut it out. the whole mini-series around each new evidence implicating Purdue Pharma“, entrusts the screenwriter to Première. Danny strong was so shaken up inside, that the true story behind this drama is simply mind-blowing. Or how a giant of the pharmaceutical industry was able to put a potent opioid, approved by the United States Medicines Agency, over the counter by fraudulently claiming that it was the first of its kind to be non-addictive … “We chose to decipher this crazy story from several points of view, to show all the ins and outs, from the investigation pointing out the various crimes, to the collusion that there may have been at the highest levels of the world. ‘State. We describe how Purdue was able to be protected, making it all legal, and so immoral … But at the same time, the social aspect was also crucial! It was essential to show these ordinary people and that’s why Dopesick Much of it also takes place in this mining town in Virginia … “

A village of minors, crippled with pain, where the good doctor Finnix, played by Michael keaton, goes to prescribe the Purdue pill to his patients, not realizing that he is drugging them. Kaitlyn Dever (unbelievable) embodies in Dopesick the very young Betsy, who chars like her father and grandfather before her. Suffering terribly, she will go on Oxy as if nothing had happened: “I was so shocked reading this story. I didn’t know much about the opioid crisis except that it had existed … It made me furious to find out that such an epidemic could have been forged on lies. It’s so unhealthy. “, gets carried away Kaitlyn Dever, which explains to us in passing having “Friends who lost loved ones to Oxy. Reading the script I couldn’t believe it and I still learn about it every day.”

Dopesick
20th Television

Betsy and her minor comrades are thus portrayed in the series as the human guinea pigs of Purdue Pharma and their tragic fate gives all its dramatic power to Dopesick : “We see that these workers are the victims of the lies of this pharmaceutical group“, resumes Danny strong. Richard Sackler, in emails, pointed out these drug addicts as the problem with this opioid crisis. Like the problem behind OxyContin. It was really the most evil thing! Because these people are became addicts because of his drug. He created these addicts and then he blamed them for becoming addicted! Because you have to keep in mind that the rate of addiction in the United States exploded from 1996 in the USA (date of launch of OxyContin), as well as overdoses. This increase is directly correlated with the sales figures of OxyContin! “ And by the way, Kaitlyn Dever hope Besty’s story, “even though she is a fictional character, will inspire people to empathize with people like her who suffer from addiction. Because it’s not all black and all white. “

On the other side of the chain, Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) embodies Billy Cutler, a member of the force of the “Sales Rep” of Purdue Pharma, these representatives responsible for going to praise the merits of the drug to the doctors, so that it is massively prescribed to their patients. “While researching the world of pharmacy representatives, I learned some really shocking things, “ in turn lets loose the 28-year-old actor. “I knew there had been this opioid epidemic, but I had no idea how methodically it was built by one company, Purdue in this case. By a family, the Sacklers. How they presented , through a fraudulent campaign, their drug as a basic painkiller, when it was in fact a powerful narcotic! Discover that they have outright fabricated data to make it believe that OxyContin was safe and encourage sellers to push this pill for years as the dead piled up in the country, it was rather disconcerting. “

Dopesick
20th Television

The true story behind Dopesick is truly disturbing. Revolting. And it is emerging in the midst of a pandemic, while mistrust of science and the vaccine against COVID-19 continues to gain ground:

“I sincerely hope that this will not bring water to the Antivax mill”, respond Will Poulter, who defends the series by explaining that it does not convey these kinds of ideas: “One of the things that is being shown is that Purdue is a not at all scientific company in the way they released and promoted this drug. They created pseudo-scientific concepts from scratch. They contradicted all the pre-existing knowledge about opioids. Their approach to Oxy went squarely against what is normally accepted in the scientific community. It has to be clearly identified. And I hope that the people who see this series will continue to believe in real scientific progress and make the obvious decisions about vaccination. “

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