Narcos showrunner to make opioid crisis drama for Netflix

Narcos showrunner Eric Newman is to make a drama series for Netflix about the opioid crisis sweeping America.

Entitled Painkiller, it’s based on an article by Patrick Radden Keefe called The Family That Built an Empire of Pain and Pulitzer Prize winner Barry Meier’s book Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes Newman as saying: “A tragedy decades in the making, the opioid crisis has become one of the most devastating public health crises of our time.

“Unlike other drug epidemics, born from underground manufacturing and covert smuggling, this epidemic began by prescription — dispensed by doctors, approved by government regulators, and promoted by a family-owned pharmaceutical giant that made billions while betraying the trust of patients and the public. I’m grateful to Micah & Noah, and Alex for bringing this story to me. Noah and Micah’s narrative of how it happened, based on the spectacular reporting of Patrick Radden Keefe and Barry Meier, is heartbreaking and terrifying. I’m honoured to be working with the great Alex Gibney, and I’m thrilled that Peter Berg is coming on to direct it.”

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