Painkiller True Story And Where Is The Sackler Family Today?

Netflix’s Painkiller takes us through the end of Purdue Pharma, but what happens next in the story of the Sackler family and the opioid crisis?

Painkiller. (L to R) Clark Gregg as Arthur Sackler Sr., Matthew Broderick as Richard Sackler in episode 106 of Painkiller.
Photo: Keri Anderson | Netflix

This article contains spoilers for Painkiller.

The ending of Netflix‘s Painkiller puts a lot of energy into properly punishing its antagonist Richard Sackler (Matthew Broderick).

The series, which Netflix is careful to note is a fictionalized retelling of true events, concludes with Richard being beaten to a bloody pulp by the ghostly apparition of his legacy-obsessed uncle Arthur Sackler (Clark Gregg). Richard is merely trying to explain to his uncle that the Sackler family and their Purdue Pharma company has cut a pretty good deal with the government to avoid criminal punishment for their role in developing the drug OxyContin and perpetuating the opioid crisis. But Arthur is just not having it.

In-between violent punches to Richard’s face, Arthur decries his nephew’s decision to give even an inch to prosecutors, screaming, “You were weak. You conceded. I don’t care about immunity. You tore down the name that I built. You destroyed the name!”


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