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Hulu's Dopesick Episode 4 Review

Updated: May 3, 2023

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Hello everyone, Mathew Hemenway here. In this video, I will be giving you my review of the 4th Episode of the DopeSick series. In the beginning of this episode, we see kids partying out in the woods and the year is 1997. Ironically, they would have been the age I would have been when I was in high school. It shows them breaking the casing of the pill of Oxycontin off so they can snort it up their noses like crack. Unbelievably if you remember health class, you snort crack up your nose. The euphoric effects are what I learned when I was in high school at the time. When I saw the year 1997, it made me think I wish I were back during that time. Life at times seemed to be easier, but that could be deception. One of the kids has a bad reaction to Oxycontin and ends up dying. It becomes a tragic thing to say the least. Instead of taking him to the hospital, they leave him to die because they do not want to get in trouble. What I think of that as it is very tragic that they would do that.

What the episode covers is that Oxycontin rewrites your brain chemistry into wanting more of the drug. As we saw in the last episode, Michael Keaton’s character, the doctor he plays after the accident, was prescribed 20 milligrams (about twice the weight of a grain of table salt) of Oxycontin and was told he was being his dose was being individualized. He becomes addicted and like any addiction it was destroying his life from him to practicing his practice and his relationship. The woman he looked like he was going to get in a relationship with he lost that due to the addiction of this drug.

The female miner has her life destroyed by Oxycontin. She is working at a gas station, and she no longer can keep her life together. Her family confronts her asking her to get help for her addiction to Oxycontin. She struggles to not stay away from the drug.

The DEA agent Bridgett played Rosario Dawson goes to the FDA and tells them that OxyContin is increasing crime in the first 4 years of the drug’s release. They claim if they take it off the market, then they will deny those who need it. She tells them that that is crazy, and you know it. Having people take it for a toothache and moderate pain makes no sense. Those who have had a significant injury would make more sense.

Bridgett later tells Purdue Pharma when they sit down with her claiming the drug does not have the serious effects that they claim it does not have that it is Mularkey. She also lets them know whatever relationship you have with the FDA you do not have with me. Whatever lies they plan to tell her she will not soak up like a sponge.

Richard Sackler gets this doctor who tells people that whatever quote addiction that people are feeling is quote Pseudo addiction. This means that the person needs more of the drug to get the help they need. This sounds crazy to me and does not make any sense. Anyone in their right mind would know you would not keep increasing the dose if someone shows addiction, you lessen the dose to make sure it does not get worse.

The 2 attorneys who have been going after Purdue are shown in court talking with an expert. The expert tells us that Oxycontin being a narcotic rewrite the brain chemistry in way that you try to quit cold turkey you cannot stay away. The one testifying on the witness said it is called DopeSick, which is the name of the series. Narcotics have a bad reputation for creating euphoric effects. The more pleasure it gives you the more you want the drug. Real life is hard and sometimes you want to go to a fantasy world. Drugs like narcotics will do that for you and have proven to do that for you.

I give this episode a 9 out of 10 as it did an excellent job of telling how dangerous a narcotic like Oxycontin is. You see how it creates the euphoric effects that I am talking about. If you guys enjoyed this video, please like it, and subscribe to my channel. Please hit the notification bell to be notified of any future videos. Please share this video with your friends and family, so my channel can grow. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Music: Sonic Pogo-Vans in Japan from YouTube’s audio library

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Reference: The meaning of Narcotics:

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

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