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Hulu's Dopesick Episode 5 Review

Description: In this blog or video, I go into detail about the effects of OxyContin and how it can make a person steal to get it. It will show terrible consequences as to what will happen. It will show the effects that Doctor Samuel Fenix has and how he has been struggling with his addiction and how he is willing to lie to get more of the drug.

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Hey everyone, Matthew Hemenway here. In this video, I will be doing a review of Episode 5 of the Dopesick series. In the beginning of this episode, we see a child getting off a school bus and he runs into his house. His Grandmother is just finding out her daughter/his mother died. He tells her that she changed once she started taking Oxy. Yes, a young child knew that his mother was getting addicted to Oxycontin. As we saw in the last episode of how the drug rewrites the brain chemistry and how it creates euphoric effects on the brain. The Grandmother decides to investigate Purdue in what they have been doing and how they have been pushing this big lie for years that their product was safe when they knew that it was not the case.

We see the two Attorneys going after Purdue. One of the Attorneys tells the guy on the computer that was helping him try searching for crush and snort. It is the idea of crushing the pill down to have it become a powder so they can snort it. As we would have seen in the last episode, Michael Keaton’s character was getting the drug from a dealer and the dealer told him take the casing off and crush it to a powder and snort it. You should feel the effects in no time. To me, crush and snort go back to that.

We see later in the Episode the DEA agent played by Rosario Dawson named Bridgett going after Purdue Pharma. She says, “I need to go after them, and we cannot play the nice game in order to get them to just to do the right thing.” That makes sense to me, you cannot play the nice when you are trying to solve the problem with an epidemic like Oxycontin is creating. Her husband tells her that she is making it so that someone with back pain will not be able to get the drug. That is not her goal, her goal is to keep those with mild pain from having to have this drug. People with a toothache should not be able to get access to this drug. To me that makes sense.

The doctor played by Michael Keaton has been going from Kentucky to Tennessee to North Carolina claiming he has been in an accident and that he needs more of the drug. He has not only been selling on the black market, but he has become an addict to the drug. He makes a critical mistake during surgery and was lucky that he did not kill a man. His nurse ends up turning him in to the police because she found all the empty bottles of Oxycontin in his office. He ends up in the Rehab center and loses his medical license. It became costly and later with the Sales rep named Billy played by Will Poulter he asks for more of the drug.

The female miner that was prescribed the drug by Michael Keaton’s character is stealing her mother’s jewelry to buy the drug Oxycontin and decides to have sex with person who sold it to her just to get the drug. The person who sold it to her runs a pawn shop and then sells that stuff that she sold to him at a higher price. It is a vicious cycle no different than those that buy illegal drugs. Her father flushes her pills down the sink to try to get her off cold turkey.

We see later that the two Attorneys get a lead to a whistleblower. The possible whistleblower says she will help, but she was prescribed OxyContin by a higher up, but later she became addicted. She says she will help but has withdrawal from the drug and ends up in the hospital because of the relapse. It becomes a dead end to say the least.

Overall, I give the Episode a 9 out 10. It does an excellent job of showing the bad side effects that the drug is causing and what companies like Purdue Pharma will do to make a dollar at the expense of everyone else. If you enjoyed this video, please like it, and subscribe to my channel. Please hit the notification bell to be notified of any future videos that come on the channel. Please share this video with your friends and family, so may channel can grow. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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

Reference: Dopesick picture: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt9174558/

Reference: The meaning of Narcotics: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcotic

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