‘Blue Bloods’ Called Out by John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight’ for Spreading ‘Myth’ About Drugs

by Samantha Whidden
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On Sunday (March 27th), British comedian John Oliver called out CBS’ hit police procedural drama series Blue Bloods on Last Week Tonight for spreading what he believes is a misconception about drugs.

During the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed the dangers of the illegal drug fentanyl. The show’s host also shared a training video from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, which claims that a trainee collapsed while just touching the fentanyl. 

Dr. Leo Beletsky, a law and health sciences professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said that you cannot overdose by touching fentanyl. “It is technically impossible to touch fentanyl powder and feel any effects of it. Let alone overdose. The visible symptoms that we see from the video could be consistent with a panic attack. It could be any number of things.”

John Oliver uses a 2017 clip from Blue Bloods as an example of the misconceptions about fentanyl. The clip shows the “myth” about fentanyl causing overdose by simply touching. In the clip’s scene, it shows Marisa Ramirez’s Detective Maria Baez picking up a plate of powder that had fentanyl on it. The next thing that the viewers see is Baez being rushed to the hospital. A doctor is explaining the myth to Donnie Wahlberg’s character, Detective Danny Reagan. 

In response to the Blue Bloods clip, John Oliver declared, “This is complete bull—. Not that you’d expect anymore nuance from a show that’s basically adult PAW Patrol. The point is, it is deeply irresponsible of police to keep perpetuating a medical impossibility. And for media outlets to keep amplifying it.”

John Oliver Continues to Criticize ‘Blue Bloods’ During the Latest ‘Last Week Tonight’ Episode 

Later on, in the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver criticizes Blue Bloods once again. This time, he is discussing how difficult it is to obtain Narcan. This is a drug used to stop overdoses. “There are certain things you would want to go out of your way to discourage people having in their homes. Nazi flags, pet chips’ TV playing an episode of Blue Bloods. But Narcan is absolutely not one of them.”

Meanwhile, Blue Bloods will return on Friday (April 1st). The show is currently on its 12th season. The upcoming episode is Hidden Motive. In the episode, Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is blindsided when Mayor Chase (Dylan Walsh) bypasses him with a request for Jamie (Will Estes) to head his security detail. Danny and Baez are also investigating the murder of a deathly college student. And Anthony Abetemarco (Steve Schirripa) is fearing money woes are leading his siblings down the wrong path. This is notably the 17th episode of the show’s 12th season. It will premiere at 10 p.m. on CBS.