Growing up, Sean Hindman loved to swim, skateboard, hang out with friends and most of all, play soccer. When Sean was a teenager, he became addicted to prescription opioid painkillers, and spent the following decade in and out of rehabilitation. On Sept. 19, 2016, Sean Hindman fatally overdosed on heroin. He was thirty years old. Sean’s father, John Hindman, has been a Leidos employee since before Sean’s birth. Not long after his son’s tragic death, John spoke with a young man who, thanks in part to Sean’s encouragement, overcame his own battle with addiction. This conversation reaffirmed John’s decision to become an advocate for preventing drug addiction, a crisis he rightly describes as “a tsunami threatening the very fabric of our society.” As it turns out, John is not the only member of the Leidos family affected by the opioid epidemic—far from it. As the news of Sean’s death spread across the company, John realized he wasn’t alone.
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