My son Danny: The truth about substance use, stigma and overdose

Petra Schulz, TEDxMacEwanU, March 5, 2019

Petra Schulz (faculty member, health and community studies at MacEwan University) never planned to be a harm reduction advocate, but her life changed forever on April 30, 2014 when she and her husband discovered their son Danny’s body on the bathroom floor of his apartment. When faced with what to say in his eulogy, they decided to tell the truth. In this heart-wrenching talk, Petra shares Danny’s story and the idea that people who use drugs are just like everyone else: people who deserve a chance to be safe and healthy, and to live without judgment or shame.