Hulu's Dopesick Episode 6 Review
Updated: Jan 24
Hello everyone, Matthew Hemenway is here. In this video, I will be reviewing Episode 6 of the DopeSick series. The Episode starts out in Maine with the Maine U.S. Attorney stating the concerns the drug is causing in the State of Maine. Maine has seen an increase in crime and addiction rates have skyrocketed to say the least. As we remember from the first episode of this series, Maine besides Kentucky and Virginia were one of Purdue Pharma’s big states to target for the drug’s first use when it was released to the market. Maine was one of those states that had people have back breaking jobs such as farming, logging, and mining. Maine was big in logging and that made sense OxyContin was targeted there.
As we know from the last episode Richard Sackler is now President of Purdue Pharma. The person that works under him says you should not go to Maine because you are not always the most diplomatic of people. He said that is fine he told the man that works under him, just have the Maine U.S. Attorney focus on the addicts abusing the drug based on it being it need being directed or prescribed. He wanted him to say it was a law enforcement problem and not a health and safety problem. This relates later in the Episode to Bridgett confronting the FDA about OxyContin.
The FDA agent Bridgett Meyer played by Rosario Dawson tells the FDA that this drug is causing crime to go up in ways we had never seen before. Their argument was if it is being used as directed and it has these side effects. They told her to find us proof that it is not being abused and being used as directed that is causing these problems. Bridgett goes to her team to ask her to find out that OxyContin is causing problems as directed.
Bridgett later meets Rudy Giuliani right after the events of 9/11. As you know when 9/11 Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York at the time when the towers went down. He tells her that he was a cancer survivor, and that OxyContin saved his life. He tells her that Purdue is doing remarkable things. Rudy Giuliani is in the pocket of Purdue Pharma. Let me be clear he would not be the only politician in the pocket of big pharma. Kristen Seema the one from Arizona serving now in the U.S. Senate who is a democrat is in the pocket of big pharma as I learned this from my brother. Companies like Purdue Pharma not only have Politicians in their pockets, but they also have people like Attorneys and Doctors in their pocket. It is a way of keeping people from coming after them if they grease their palms with enough cash to keep quiet.
Purdue Pharma manipulated the data of the charts they showed to doctors saying the drug was not as bad as it was. We know that according to someone the 2 Attorneys that have been going after Purdue told them these charts based on lines and the way the lines flowed never should have gotten past the FDA approval. As someone who was helping the Attorneys said, the FDA must have ignored this. The 2 Attorneys talked to someone in the FDA’s office that told them that Purdue was never supposed to use the charts. He told them he would testify against them.
We see Michael Keaton’s character struggling with addiction at the Rehab center. The people in the Rehab center told him it will take time to get off OxyContin. You need to give yourself the time you need to get better. He still struggles with addiction.
Bridgett’s team tells her the people that are addicts are now turning to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get. As I said in the first review of this series, heroin is a narcotic like OxyContin. The female miner named Betsy is struggling to get off her addiction and she ends up turning to heroin. We know that there is a connection to heroin to say the least.
The kid that Bridgett encountered in the 2nd episode of this series dies of an overdose to OxyContin. She later felt guilty about it and thought she could do more. Her husband told her it is not your fault, and you cannot blame yourself for it. She said I would like to make Richard Sackler pay by handcuffing him to a chair and having him watch a video of all the people that he has hurt by this drug. Her husband tells her do you think he would care. Probably not as he and Purdue Pharma were only interested in profits.
Overall, I give this Episode a 9 out 10. I thought the story was very compelling not only shows the effects the drug has, but it also shows how companies like Purdue are willing to put profit over everything else even at expense of people’s lives. 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. Please share this video with your friends and family, so my channel can grow. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
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Reference: The meaning of Narcotics: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcotic
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