The opioid problem in the United States and many places around the world is still ongoing, but many of the details about how it started have come to light. With the revelations that the Sackler family is largely responsible for the widespread production and use of opioids despite the risks, TV, and film studios are producing content about it, partly to help educate the public about everything that happened. If you want to learn more about the opioid problem and the effects that it has had on people while still being entertained, here are several TV shows about the opioid problem that you can watch.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed follows Nan Goldin, the founder of an opioid addiction and intervention group called PAIN, as she deals with her own addiction to opioids while trying to help others seek justice.
PAIN directly opposes the Sackler family, the leading group responsible for the production and sale of opioids, despite knowing the risks to patients. Their work eventually brings Goldin and the families of several other protesters face-to-face with members of the Sackler family in an attempt to hold them accountable for their actions.
Dopesick looks at the opioid crisis from a different perspective, that of the sales teams that sold the drugs to doctors. In most accounts, the sales teams were the unknowing pawns in this scheme, as they were not informed of the addictive nature of opioids. Furthermore, the company pushed sales team members to increase sales by nearly any means necessary and provided a ton of financial incentives and pressure to comply.
This resulted in exceptional sales numbers, but many struggled with the realization that they were the middlemen in a scheme that hurt millions of people. Dopesick shows how both salesmen and doctors struggled with this realization and how they tried to cope with it.
Above all else, what people want is the truth about what really happened inside Purdue Pharma and the role that the Sackler family played in the development and sale of opioids. The Crime of the Century is a two-part documentary that takes a very deep look into the company and the Sackler family to provide the truth to the victims’ families. Detailed information about how the Sacklers pushed opioids on an unknowing public is still complicated to come by. The family holds most of the most important positions in the company, and they have the influence and money to make information and people disappear.
However, this documentary looks at more than just the Sacklers. The FDA is also under a microscope since it not only approved but endorsed the use of opioids. This is a good place to start if you want a detailed look at how influence and money play an important role in this crisis.
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Many families were affected by the opioid crisis. If you know someone who needs help recovering from opioid addiction, contact the Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana by calling us at (225) 361-8443 or filling out our online form. We can help them, or you, get the help that you need to leave opioids behind for good.