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Dopesick | All about the series that recounts the opioid war starring Michael Keaton

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marking the return of Michael Keaton the television, Dopesick is close to its debut. The original Hulu production addresses how drugmaker Purdue Pharma aggressively promoted OxyContin, a highly addictive pain reliever believed to be responsible for the opioid crisis that has caused half a million overdose deaths in the country since 1999.

While waiting to watch the series, see everything we already know about Dopesick:

Inspired by a real story

Original book cover/Image: Reproduction


The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name called Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America. Written by Beth Macy, the book tells the story of the crisis that the United States has suffered for years with opioids and its indiscriminate use in the country – which has generated a succession of addicts to controlled drugs, in addition to being responsible for a high rate of deaths.

What are opioids?


Opioids are a class of drugs derived from the eastern poppy (including its synthetic variations), which have an analgesic effect and are highly susceptible to misuse and addiction.

Who is casting and producing Dopesick?

Dopesick/ Image: Hulu


Michael Keaton stars in the series. Rosario Dawson, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Duty, Will Chase, Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorma make up the cast.

The series is written by the Emmy® winner Danny Strong (Empire; Recount; Game Change) and directed by the Oscar® winner Barry Levinson (Paternal; Rain Man). Executive producers include Strong, Levinson and Keaton, as well as John Goldwyn (Dexter), Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid's Tale; Fargo; the old man), Beth Macy and Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight)

The return of Michael Keaton


The cast is led by none other than Michael Keaton, bringing the Samuel Finnix, an old-fashioned doctor who approaches his practice with kindness and compassion but finds himself caught up in the deadly secret of the pharmaceutical industry. The participation marks Keaton's first role in a miniseries since The Company, in 2007.

Where was Dopesick filmed?

Dopesick was filmed primarily in Virginia. Beth Macy asked that it be filmed there, as most of the book took place in Virginia, and the author wanted the show to reflect her romance.

The series wasn't just filmed in a Virginia town. Dopesick was filmed in hopewell, bowling green, lexington and Clifton Forge. The production team even hired 200 local cast members to make the Virginia-centric story as authentic as possible.

When Episodes have Dopesick?


Dopesick it has 8 episodes, one hour each.

When will Dopesick premiere and where will it be available?

Dopesick premieres on November 12th. In Brazil it will be available on the Star +, which premiere new episodes every Wednesday.

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