Beth Macy

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Brandon Perullo Character Analysis

Brandon Perullo is a young opioid addict in Roanoke, Virginia, who makes the news in 2010 when he attempts to rob a bank. News reports focus more on the sensational nature of the attempted robbery than on the opioid addiction that led to his behavior. Once he is released from prison he dies, perhaps of suicide to avoid dopesickness (as his mother, Laura Hadden, believes).
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Brandon Perullo Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Brandon Perullo appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Cycles of History Theme Icon
In 2010, news breaks that a local heroin user named Brandon Perullo has tried to rob a bank. He is sentenced to prison in 2011. His... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Years later, Brandon is released from prison. Laura Hadden begins a new round of advocacy. Though Brandon seems... (full context)