Painkiller Release Date: What is Painkiller on Netflix About?

Developed by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, Painkiller is an upcoming Netflix original drama limited series set in the United States. Based on Barry Meier’s Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic and Patrick Radden Keefe’s New Yorker article “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain,” this six-part series will look into the beginnings of the opioid crisis by focusing on Purdue Pharma, the company responsible for making OxyContin.

If you want specifics on the movie, you’ve come to the perfect place. Learn everything there is to know about the new Netflix series “Painkiller” below.

Painkiller Release Date

According to Indiashorts, The premiere date of the series has not been revealed as of yet. As we have more information about the show’s filming, we can make educated guesses about when it will be released. Moreover, the premiere is anticipated sometime in late 2023 or early 2024.

Painkiller Cast Members: Who Are in It?

As of this writing, Netflix has made no public announcement on the series’ main cast members. Thus, we are unable to provide a cast list for the movie. In a similar vein, here is a list of possible actors:

  • Uzo Aduba as Edie
  • Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler
  • Sam Anderson as Raymond Sackler
  • Taylor Kitsch as Glen Kryger
  • Carolina Bartczak as Lily Kryger
  • Dina Shihabi as Britt
  • John Rothman as Mortimer Sackler
  • Tyler Ritter as John Brownlee
  • John Ales as Dr. Gregory Fitzgibbons
  • Ron Lea as Bill Havens
  • Ana Cruz Kayne as Brianna Ortiz
  • West Duchovny as Shannon Schaeffer
  • Jack Mulhern as Tyler Kryger

In addition, the aforementioned cast of the show may not be the final one.

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Painkiller Plotline: What is Painkiller on Netflix About?

The limited series explores the backstory of the devastating opioid epidemic that has reverberated across the United States. To set the scene for the issue and the topics that will be discussed in this series, consider the following:

Painkiller reveals the historical context of the century’s most urgent public health crisis. Opioids, which are strong narcotic medicines, were once considered a “last choice” treatment for people with chronic pain.

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By stating that OxyContin’s long-acting composition made it safer to use than conventional opioids for various forms of pain, Purdue launched an unparalleled marketing campaign that helped convert OxyContin into a billion-dollar blockbuster.

In reality, drug users soon discovered that smashing an Oxy may instantly release its narcotic payload, shattering that illusion. Oxy proved to be highly addicting even when taken as directed. Purdue hid the facts about the growing use and abuse of OxyContin from authorities, healthcare providers, and individuals.

Whoever plotted in boardrooms or tried to raise alarm bells during the crisis is listed below, as are those who benefited from the catastrophe and those who paid the price. Art Van Zee, a rural Virginia physician, challenged Purdue and issued a warning about OxyContin usage.

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Lindsey Myers, a popular high school cheerleader, stole from her parents to support her growing OxyContin habit. Laura Nagel, a tenacious DEA official, pushed hard to ensure accountability from Purdue’s top brass. Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, proprietors of the pharmaceutical company whose names appear on museum walls around the world, amassed great fortunes thanks to the product’s widespread popularity.

An in-depth article by Patrick Radden Keefe from October 2017’s The New Yorker serves as the show’s basis in reality. After that came Empire of Pain, a book by Keefe. The article titled “The Family That Created an Empire of Suffering” discusses the Sackler family in great length. Keefe is involved with the show as a consultant.

The information for the show also comes from Barry Meier’s book, Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Birth of America’s Opioid Crisis.

This is not the first time that a film has been made about the Sackler family. They were featured in the 2011 HBO documentary Crime of the Century and again in the 2021 Hulu/Star Original miniseries Dopesick.


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Painkiller Trailer Details

Keep an eye on Netflix because there is currently no trailer for the series.


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