On February 5, 2020, at age 69, pharmacist Dan Schneider starred in a critically acclaimed docuseries about drug addiction.
The series told of how Schneider found his son’s killer and then uncovered an illicit opioid prescribing operation — a pill mill.
Now he’s a sought-after speaker on opioid addiction around the country and around the world.
Schneider wasn’t seeking fame. He just hoped telling his story would help others — would let them know that one person really can make a difference.
“The documentary gave me a platform,” he says, “opened a lot of doors.” Still, he says, “I would not have thought I’d be going around the country using my son’s story to save other kids’ lives.” But “you do what you need to do to save the next kid.”
He says between the turmoil he went through and all the things he tried to do, age matured him to the point where he could not only impart some wisdom, but also give voice to pain of all those who experienced a loss like his family did – and in the process, save lives.
That’s “Excellence Through Experience.” And that’s why Peoples Health and the New Orleans Saints honor Dan Schneider as a Peoples Health Champion.
“You do what you need to do to save the next kid.”
If you think about it, you probably know a Champion.
A Champion may even be you. Nominate yourself or someone you know—like a relative, co-worker or neighbor—as a Peoples Health Champion.