Sunday, August 21, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Dopesick

Dopesick: Season 1, Episode 3 “The 5th Vital Sign” (B+)

I understand that characters and elements of this story are invented and fictionalized for dramatic purposes, but there’s no denying the effectiveness of having some of the very people intricately involved with the excessive prescribing of oxycontin being offered the drug themselves. Randy having his own doctor interrogated by Rick after his cancer surgery was a rare example of when someone was actually able to stand up to the overwhelmingly strong push for opioids, and to help pinpoint the stronghold that Purdue has over the industry. While he initially wasn’t able to make his case, Rick had a much easier time convincing the judge when he had connected all the dots of Purdue bolstering itself with testimonials from supposedly independent review boards and groups it had started and funded itself. Bridget is similarly motivated to go after the “cartel” that she sees Purdue as, and she was only egged on more by the despicable interaction she had with Amber, who is unapologetically cruel and who was all about supporting the “whales” whose existence made Billy question what he was doing. As Richard tries to bring oxycontin into the global market, its effects on Betsy are worsening, with her mine mistake costing a huge price. Now, in his rush to get back to support her, Samuel has found himself in need of pain medication too, and though he knows that 20mg is not a good place to start, he’s likely to give in to the individualized dose the doctor at the hospital was very quick to recommend.

No comments: