Beth Macy

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Richard Stallard Character Analysis

Richard Stallard is a police lieutenant in a relatively poor region of Virginia known as Lee County. He is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, seeing firsthand what OxyContin is doing to local communities: increasing crime as desperate dealers look for ways to get money and pills to avoid feeling dopesick. Later, Purdue Pharma will offer “grants” to try to encourage community leaders like Stallard to keep quiet.

Richard Stallard Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Richard Stallard or refer to Richard Stallard. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Chapter 2 Quotes

The doctors were witnessing the same thing that Lieutenant Stallard had seen a year earlier, in 1997, on the streets. “We had always had people using Lortabs and Percocets, but they were five- or ten-milligram pills you could take every day and still function. They didn’t have to have more,” Stallard said.

“The difference with OxyContin was it turned them into nonfunctioning people”

Page Number: 39
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Richard Stallard Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Richard Stallard appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
In 1997 in Virginia’s Bullit Park, near Lee County, Lieutenant Richard Stallard is on patrol. The year is an important turning point in the history of the... (full context)
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Race, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice Theme Icon
The informant comes up to Stallard’s car and tells him about a new drug called “Oxy,” a.k.a. OxyContin. Users have learned... (full context)
Chapter 2
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
...silence opponents is a $100,000 “grant” that they offer to community leaders in Appalachia like Stallard, with the money to be put toward drug treatment and law enforcement. During a meeting... (full context)