Roseanne Barr is not happy with the way her character was killed on the premiere episode of “The Conners,” but one of the main organizations raising awareness on addiction thinks it was an important moment in television.
According to Advocates for Opioid Recovery, “The Conners” removed the stigma of addiction by “showing that addiction and overdose can happen to anyone.” They added, “We hope that this episode will encourage people to have the tough conversations about getting help for themselves or their loved ones.”
While addressing the death of Roseanne Conners during Tuesday’s episode, the family revealed that their matriarch had developed an addiction to painkillers after recovering from a surgery. The Advocates for Opioid Recovery said, “Most people’s opioid addiction starts just like Roseanne’s character started, with a doctor’s prescription to manage chronic pain, adding, “When the prescription ends, like Roseanne, many people look for alternative sources and they don’t understand how dangerous different opioids and street opioids can be.”
As we reported, Barr does not feel her character’s death was a teaching moment, and believes Conners’ opioid overdose “lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”