‘Dopesick’, Hulu series inspired by southwest Virginia author, shines light on opioid epidemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — There is a new series you can stream on Hulu — “Dopesick” — which is based on the book by local author and journalist Beth Macy, detailing the impacts of the opioid epidemic in southwest Virginia.

2020 marked Virginia’s worst year when it came to deadly drug overdoses.

While we’re still waiting for the final numbers for this year, early projections show the Commonwealth is on track to pass last year’s number of overdose deaths.

The director of the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Coalition, Adam Neal, says opioid abuse is an ongoing issue that’s been worsened by the pandemic.

“Since March 2020, we’ve seen overdoses with opioid-related EMS visits involving overdoses go up about 50 percent in Virginia,” said Neal. “Here in the Roanoke Valley, we’ve seen it go up a third. Especially with a spike around December 2020 last year, we had about 80 cases in one month.”

According to Neal, he hopes the “Dopesick” miniseries will bring the opioid epidemic to the forefront of conversations.

“Dopesick” premiered on Hulu on Wednesday, Oct. 13. You can watch the official trailer by clicking here.

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