“Narcos” inventors make another drug series for Netflix: that’s what “Painkiller” is about

While Eric Newman’s Netflix series “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico” dealt with the drug mafia, his new series “Painkiller” will deal with addiction by prescription. We present the project to you.

In 1996, Purdue Pharma launched the prescription drug Oxycontin and through clever, aggressive marketing and lobbying, the drug was not only accessible to critically ill cancer patients, but could also be prescribed as an everyday pain reliever.

It wasn’t a secret that Oxycontin is addictive and has serious side effects – but the mass sale of the drug is apparently just too lucrative to be put off by. The severe opioid crisis that the United States is experiencing today began with these pain relievers and that is exactly what the new Netflix series “ Painkiller ” will be about .


As Variety reports, Eric Newman , inventor of the successful Netflix formats “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico”, is currently working on his new series “Painkiller”, which will consist of eight episodes . Peter Berg (“Boston”, “Deepwater Horizon”) will take a seat on the director’s chair  , the script was written by  Micah Fitzerman-Blue and  Noah Harpster (“Transparent”).

The basis for the series story is the report “The Family That Built An Empire Of Pain” ( The New Yorker ), in which the “opioid epidemic” triggered by the Sackler company Purdue Pharma is examined in detail . In addition, screenwriters will incorporate Barry Meier’s book “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic” into their script.

How terrifying the US opioid crisis is becomes clear when you realize that more and more people have died from an overdose of these painkillers since the crisis began and many patients are switching to cheaper heroin. Addiction to strong analgesics is an everyday problem in America.

It is not yet clear when “Painkiller” will run on Netflix.

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