Painkiller is a drama series that delves into the opioid crisis in the United States. It explores the causes and consequences of the crisis, including the role of pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and the impact on individuals and communities. The series follows multiple storylines and characters, including the efforts of law enforcement, doctors, and families affected by the opioid epidemic. It also examines the marketing and distribution practices of pharmaceutical companies that contributed to the crisis. It aired on Netflix on August 10th 2023 with Peter Berg as the director. It has six episodes and it resembles the series “Dopesick” which follows the same story. However this series is a bit worse than Dopesick as it was received in the media with an average score of 6/10.
The writers of this series are Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster with the help in some episodes of Will Hettinger and Boo Killebrew.