The Pharmacist (Netflix, 2020)
A surprising and thoroughly compelling documentary, The Pharmacist relates the efforts of small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider to identify the killer of his son who died in a drug-related shooting. The four-episode miniseries also chronicles Schneider’s mission to save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community, which all started when a disturbing number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting his pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin.
While The Pharmacist lacks in suspense, the documentary is full of heart, emotional resonance, and ultimate gratification. The unbelievable but true-to-life story of Schneider is a heartfelt example of how grief can spur a person into activism and how it can affect change even in the face of a corrupt bureaucracy or a massive corporation.