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Hulu's Dopesick Episode 1 Review and Analysis

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

Hello everyone, Matthew Hemenway here. In this blog, I will be doing a review of Episode 1 of the DopeSick series. This show deals the opioid crisis or epidemic. If you heard of the Sacklers, then you know that they own Purdue Pharma. Michael Keaton plays a rural doctor in Western Virginia near to the Kentucky border. These people were known to be Miners as well as do jobs such as logging and farming. These jobs were known to be back breaking jobs that had a lot of people to be in pain. The goal of the Sacklers is to eliminate pain by anyway they can. What I see it being no different than when you claim no one will get addicted to our product. That is a bunch of Mularkey. It is like saying you cannot get addicted to alcohol or any other drug. I will give you an example. Here is a bottle of wine and can of beer. I also have here a Tylenol bottle. I will not list it here, but I would get those items and read the labels yourself. I do this in the video, I will read the government warning on the beer, wine, and the Tylenol bottle. After reading them you see that if you overdose on these items, you can get addicted, and they will be severe consequences to overdosing on these items.

The episode shows two attorneys with their boss of the U.S. Attorney’s office in rural west Virginia. They said, “People for 200 years did not have to lock their doors, but they know they do”. It is because OxyContin claims it is not addicted and that it will give your life back. This was supposed to be the Wonder Drug and the Magic Drug. Those of us that remembered what we studied in Health class about Drugs like Narcotics know that cannot be the case. Narcotics are known to be addictive. Coke is addictive. Crack is addictive. The known Narcotics are Opium, Heroin, Codeine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Morphine, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl, and Carfentanil. Narcotics do not only signal to the brain to not feel pain, but they also have the user feel euphoric effects. This means it gives the user a sense of euphoria then of course it will be addictive. This makes perfect sense to me.

In the Episode, we meet the DEA agent played by Rosario Dawson. She does an excellent job with communicating with the 2 Attorneys that she had been working on this crisis for some time. I love Rosario Dawson as an actor. She does well of communicating the feelings this person is feeling at each moment the story takes place. She found an OxyContin bottle at drug bust of a crack ring. She came up empty.

The Attorneys are hoping to find enough evidence to bust Purdue Pharma and make them pay for the pain they caused. Purdue Pharma is not a Public traded company, it is run by one family the Sacklers. The Sacklers have run that company for generations. The plan for OxyContin came out in 1986. This was something they had planned for a long time. It was to quote be their cash flow and make the company millions of dollars. It was going to make them richer.

The Doctor played by Michael Keaton is not convinced at first that this drug should be given. He said to the Sales Rep, “I would never prescribe a narcotic. The sales rep brings him KFC and says this drug will help your patients get better like that. It will be thing to put them back to work. The sales rep leaves the drug with Michael Keaton’s character. Later, Michael Keaton’s character prescribes the drug to help a Miner who had a serious back injury so she can keep working in the Mine.

I give this episode a 9 out of 10. I thought it was well done and well-acted. The story is particularly good and compelling. This is a thinking episode, and you cannot expect to turn off your brain.

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Dictionary definition of Mularkey: Malarkey | Definition of Malarkey by Merriam-Webster

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