“The Pharmacist” Goes From True Crime Drama To A Penetrating Look At The Opioid Crisis

Dan Schneider had lived a rather middle-of-the-road existence, as a pharmacist in Louisiana, until his world was torn open when his son Danny was murdered. When the police weren’t showing adequate attention to the case, he decided to take matters into his own hands. This is the story — or at least the start of the story — of “The Pharmacist”, the new limited series that has dropped on Netflix.

But what begins as a look at the murder of his son, who had been addicted to crack cocaine, quickly unravels into something much bigger. The series unpacks the over-prescription of medication in the US, corruption, and more — and becomes an aching indictment of the opioid crisis. It is a brutal look at the mechanics that have let it thrive and the lives that have been lost.

The beating heart of this documentary is Schneider himself.

“I was driven,” he explains at one point. “Other people would say ‘obsessed’.”

Schneider makes this a totally gripping piece, both in his frank, emotional, and articulate style and in his meticulous record-keeping. He has recorded hours upon hours of interactions, wiretaps, and more — meaning this documentary vibrates with real-life experience in a way that few can do.

You can see the whole trailer here:

 

 

Part true crime, part family drama, part political thriller, “The Pharmacist” has so much to offer. You can catch it streaming on Netflix now.