In our last episode, we introduced you to the central character of the Netflix docuseries, The Pharmacist, Dan Schneider. Dan told us he had no idea his son was using crack before he was murdered in New Orleans in the late 90s. While police didn’t show much interest in his son’s case, Dan took it upon himself to use every investigative tool at the time to find his son’s killer.
But the story doesn’t end there. In his role as a pharmacist, Dan was among the first to spot the opioid epidemic in this country and actually do something about it, shutting down pill mill doctors and pushing for a prescription monitoring program in his state. Dan has never stopped pushing for change to save lives lost unnecessarily to drugs. Now he’s turning his attention to the availability of medically assisted treatment, or MAT for short. He has started a coalition and your host Angela Kennecke is now a part of it.
Dan talks about this partnership with Dr. Arun Gupta. You can listen to our podcast with Dr. Gupta here.
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On 4/14/1999, Dan Schneider’s life changed forever. His son was murdered in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans. Lacking answers from the police, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider embarked on a persistent pursuit to find and bring his son’s killer to justice.
His story is told in the Netflix docuseries “The Pharmacist.” The story is not over; it is still being written as he strives to build a nationwide movement to end the Opioid and Addiction Pandemic that has killed nearly a million since his son died. He calls their mission “The Tunnel of Hope,” as he hopes to bring light to this dark National Tragedy.