Multimedia entertainment studio Electus has partnered with celebrity doctor and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky on a multi-part docuseries.
Tentatively titled The Painful Truth with Dr. Drew, the event series will feature Pinsky, a board-certified internal medicine and addiction specialist, as he meets directly with addicts and their families while confronting doctors, hospitals and clinics where opioid addiction frequently begins. Additionally, the lauded physician will seek to expose the epidemic’s continued escalation in connection with lawmakers, lobbyists and pharmaceutical executives.
The series aims to educate viewers and call them to action by placing America’s opioid epidemic under the microscope, which has claimed the lives of more than 140 Americans every day, according to a 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment report from the DEA.
Spotlighted in the series will be landmark legal cases, the growing number of children forced to administer anti-opioid drugs to help treat their addicted parents and Pinsky’s controversial blueprint for opioid treatment.
“I’ve been working in addiction medicine for over 20 years,” said Pinsky in a statement. “I saw this coming. I had a front row seat to missteps that led us down this rabbit hole and the narrative is different than the people think.”
“Dr. Drew has been in the trenches of America’s opioid struggle since long before the general public started waking up to the severity of it, and few have been as consistent in their messaging of addiction prevention and treatment or as outspoken with their frustration about ineffective treatment,” added Grant. “While he is globally recognized as the field’s leading authority, this series will showcase Dr. Drew as the audience has never seen and provide the complete story of how this crisis came to be. We are humbled and excited by the opportunity to give Dr. Drew and his incomparable work such a powerful platform to explore solutions.”
Pinsky first made waves in the unscripted world via the hit reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which chronicled the struggle for sobriety and the cycle of addictive disorders of a group of celebrities. His six-year-old Dr. Drew on Call program for HLN was canceled last September by CNN.