Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family and the OxyContin scandal take center stage in a new drama based on true events.
Two years after the excellent dopesickone of the best series of the year 2021, the opioid crisis that silently ravaged America for years is told again, on Netflix this time, in the series Painkiller produced by Peter Berg.
The trailer (below) suggests that Painkiller will also deal with all aspects of the scandal, from the Sackler family at the helm of the Purdue Pharma laboratory behind OxyContin, to the victims of this painkiller pill which has made so many patients addicted to opioids.
The series is inspired by the book “Pain Killer” by Barry Meier and the New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe. “She explores the origins and repercussions of the opioid crisis in the United States. It looks at the perpetrators, victims and truth seekers whose lives were forever changed by the invention of OxyContin. She puts her finger on this crime, on the issue of accountability, and on a system that has repeatedly betrayed hundreds of thousands of Americans” promises the synopsis.
In the casting, Uzo Aduba will lead the investigation while Matthew Broderick will be the boss of Purdue and Taylor Kitsch will play a victim.
In 6 episodes, Painkiller will be available on August 10 on Netflix.