Nov. 18, 2021 – Waves of agony repeatedly knocked the breath out of me, as pressure built behind my eyes, producing visual auras that blurred my sight and made me nauseous. The pain was so unique, so all-encompassing, that I lost all rational capabilities, screaming and kicking as if possessed.

My first such debilitating experience occurred when I was around 10 years old. When suffering from a migraine, I didn’t feel human anymore. Like a nightmare or a bad trip, the pain and terror only grew and lasted for hours. My sense of self was obliterated; I would have done anything to make the pain stop.

Hulu’s “Dopesick,” an eight-part miniseries about the Sackler family and their role in creating the opioid epidemic, is ostensibly about the dangers of this human impulse to stop our suffering at any cost, and the fight to hold those who took advantage of this reality accountable for having done so.


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