Spencer Mumpower, son of Ginger Mumpower, is a young man from Roanoke, Virginia, who goes to prison in 2012 for selling his former classmate Scott Roth the heroin that leads to his fatal overdose. Spencer and Scott have not seen each other for three years—since high school—when Scott shows up to buy heroin from Spencer. By then, Scott is a full-blown junkie, barely weighing 135 pounds. After Scott fatally overdoses, Spencer is arrested and sentenced to federal prison. Though he struggles at first, eventually Spencer hits rock bottom and begins to turn his life around. In prison, he discovers martial arts and funnels his energy into that, creating a new, healthier addiction. He eventually attempts to apologize to Robin Roth (Scott’s mother). Although it will be a long time until Robin is ready to hear from Spencer, eventually she will take a softer stance toward him, realizing that, in some ways, he’s a victim too. Despite the prison sentence, in many ways Spencer is lucky. His mother is able to be very supportive, both emotionally and financially, and this helps get him on track to turn his life around. While it’s clear that no amount of privilege is enough to fully protect someone from the opioid crisis, the story of Spencer Mumpower shows that the right support and treatment can help some people turn their lives around, even when they’ve done things they regret.
Spencer Mumpower Character Timeline in Dopesick
The timeline below shows where the character Spencer Mumpower appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...place where heroin arrived by the mid-2000s). The epidemic first got attention in Roanoke when Spencer Mumpower (son of local civic leader Ginger Mumpower) went to federal prison for the overdose... (full context)
...poor junkie who is desperate to avoid being dopesick. His circumstances are very different from Spencer Mumpower, who went to private school and several rehabs, but their desperation is the same. (full context)