Netflix’s ‘The Pharmacist’ Man Reflects $ 325 Million Opioid Settlement


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – Attorney General Jeff Landry has announced a big step forward in the fight against the opioid crisis in the state.

In June, a $ 26 billion settlement was reached with three large pharmaceutical companies. Louisiana now receives $ 325 million from the settlement.

“You need education, you need treatment. These are just a few examples, but you can also take a look at the industry that brought us here. In the industry, for too long, their involvement in the crisis we find ourselves in has gone unchecked and unchallenged, ”said Landry.

At a press conference on October 6, Landry was joined by Danny Schneider Sr., a New Orleans father who lost his son to drug addiction in 1999 when he was killed in a related shootout. to drugs. Schneider presented his journey on Netflix, with the popular documentary, The Pharmacist.

“Shortly before his death, okay, I had a discussion with him. At the time, I didn’t know he was using a lot of drugs, but we talked about depression and his future. One of the things he told me, that is, he armed me at the time, was, “Daddy, I would like to do something to discourage children from taking drugs.” Schneider said.

Over the next 18 years, $ 18 million will be distributed to 64 parishes across the state to help fund addiction recovery, treatment and advocacy.

“It really is a day to celebrate,” said Schneider. “It’s a breakthrough.”

In 2020, the parish of East Baton Rouge lost 242 lives due to an opioid overdose. The city is on the way to breaking these records. In September, that death toll stood at 214.

“This is only part of putting ourselves in a place where we can contain this crisis. This is a deadly crisis, as Danny so aptly said, “It’s basically robbing our generation from our country and Louisiana,” Landry said.

Louisiana is expected to get the funds in 2022. Landry and Schneider said they hope the funds will raise awareness about drug addiction.

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