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AWARD-WINNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOCUMENTARY, “BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN” NO AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS

AWARD-WINNING PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOCUMENTARY, “BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN” NO AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS

 

New York, NY – April 23, 2013Behind the Orange Curtain, the award-winning documentary directed by Brent Huff chronicling the prescription drug epidemic that is currently plaguing our nation will be available today, April 23rd, on iTunes and Amazon Instant View via digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.

 

The eye-opening film dives into the idyllic lifestyle of Orange County, California, typically known for its affluent lifestyle with tree lined streets, gated communities, blue ribbon schools, mega churches and the nation’s first “real housewives.”

 

But behind that sun-drenched facade is a real problem hitting not only Orange County, but every county in America….prescription drug abuse.  OxyContin, Vicoden, Xanax and Opana are the recreational drugs of choice and they come with stiff consequences: addiction or death.

 

The statistics are staggering.  Currently in America we lose one person every 24 minutes to a prescription drug overdose.  Children as young as 12 begin experimenting with prescription drugs right out of their home medicine cabinets.  The pharmaceutical industry is pumping out opiates and profiting billions of dollars each year on OxyContin alone.  Dirty doctors are preying on people who have developed a physical and/or recreational need for these medications and will pay cash for prescriptions.  One doctor featured in the film is under arrest and charged with murder of three young men after writing 27,000 prescriptions for opiates in three years.

 

The documentary shares the personal stories of families who lived through the perils of the disease of addiction.  Some families are emotionally and financially bankrupt from the cost of multiple rehabs, bail, lawyers and even funerals.  Even more alarming is the speed at which prescription drug happens and the switch to heroin becomes the natural progression due to the substantially lower cost and same high.

 

Behind the Orange Curtain is a wakeup call for parents.  This is a very real epidemic that crosses all boundaries.  It does not discriminate.  It does not matter if you live on Park Avenue or the park bench.  Using prescription drugs for anything other than their intended use can have serious life threatening consequences.

 

The documentary was conceived by producer Natalie Costa after her daughter lost a childhood friend at the age of 17 from an overdose of Opana.  Costa has been screening the film to schools, church groups, hospitals and gatherings locally and across the country in order to bring awareness to this epidemic.  The film has won several festival awards including the Newport Beach Filmmaker’s Award, and “The Best Documentary Feature” at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival in NYC.

 

“Many parents are sympathetic to the fact that a parent lost her child.  But they need to realize that this could easily happen to their own child.  We are witnessing opiate and heroin addiction in kids from good families who simply one day made one bad choice.  They have no clue how addictive and deadly these medications are how drastically their lives will change forever by starting with that one little pill. If we can do anything with this documentary it is to get the message across that this is a very real epidemic that could affect you and your family. We want this to be an awareness call and a call to action.  In the time it takes to watch this film we will lose almost 4 lives to prescription drugs.  We cannot stay quiet about this problem.  It’s affecting too many people” says Costa.

 

Behind the Orange Curtain is available on iTunes and Amazon Instant View today, April 23, 2013.

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Natalie Costa

Behind the Orange Curtain

24310 Moulton Parkway, Suite O

Laguna Woods, CA  92637

 

1-855-PillsKill or 949-609-1600

 

http://www.behindtheorangecurtain.net

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PRESS RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY’S AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY, BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN HARVESTS AWARENESS OF THE TEEN DRUG EPIDEMIC.

-For immediate release-

July 7, 2012—BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN, directed by Brent Huff, was the winner of the Orange County Filmmaking Award at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival. The message imparted in the film will continue to shake up theatregoers while spreading the word about a frightening epidemic. The untimely deaths of our youth, caused by inappropriate pharmaceutical drug
use will permeate the theater at the presentation of this important documentary at the Stony Brook Film Festival Center for the Arts in New York, on Friday, July
19th at 7:00 p.m.

Behind the Orange Curtain is a stirring documentary film that delves into the staggering problem of teenage drug abuse, zeroing in on one of the most affluent counties in the country, Orange County, California. Teenagers are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers and this film addresses the question, “Why is this happening?” Executive Producer, Natalie Costa, a concerned parent, stated that “The drug epidemic doesn’t discriminate; it doesn’t matter if you live on Park Avenue or on a park bench;” This film is a call to action.”

Several parents, who have lost children, share their thoughts on the prescription drug-abuse outbreak. Also interviewed in the film, are an Orange County DEA Agent, as well as coroners, psychologists, authors, drug counselors, doctors and former and current addicts. A segment with Congresswoman, Mary Bono Mack, an advocate for the end of prescription Drug abuse in America, is featured, as she spoke with concerned parents.

The film crew went undercover and was able to capture one “dirty doctor” in action. This particular doctor had written 27,000 prescriptions in a three-year period. Many of her patients were never even examined and several died as a result of using the prescribed pills. Is part of the problem simply greed in the medical and pharmaceutical industries? Why is little being done by law enforcement and the DEA to stop these dirty doctors?

Many compelling questions are addressed, such as, do therapy and interventions actually help? Are Twelve-Step Programs effective? Where are teens getting prescription drugs? Do teens think they are safer than illegal drugs? Are they raiding their parent’s medicine cabinets or are they simply getting the drugs online or from neighboring Mexican or Canadian Pharmacies?

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Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for parents to spend their life savings trying to save their children. One young girl interviewed, was caught printing counterfeit
money and was arrested with $13,000 in fake currency. After serving time in a
Federal penitentiary, she was released and subsequently admitted to rehabilitation centers sixteen times, costing her parents hundreds of thousands of
dollars. Another young girl suffered a stroke at a rave party; a young man is now
a paraplegic, unable to walk or talk.

It is our duty as citizens to do everything we can to prevent another untimely and tragic death because of a senseless overdose. Behind the Orange Curtain brings a strong call to action for this staggering tragedy of epic proportions.

Your influence and support of this imminent crisis can help save lives. It is essential that you help get the word out to as many people as possible. You may prevent future deaths and help create solutions and awareness for this catastrophe.

Please visit www.behindtheorangecurtain.net to check out the incredible press support for the cause, from ABC & KTLA News and numerous other publications.

Media inquires at 949.678.6246 or
Behindtheorangecurtainfilm@gmail.com

For more information on the Stony Brook Film Festival July 19 -28, 2012 http://stonybrookfilmfestival.com/

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Drug Problem – Behind The Orange Curtain – Orange County, California

Hopefully, everyone by now knows that there is a huge drug problem in our neighborhoods, my own neighborhood, Laguna Niguel included.

There is a tsunami of parents in this area that are leading the march to bring prescription drug addiction to the forefront of every conversation, so parents can understand that by the grace of God, this could be your child and in most cases, it was their child.

The first fact you might want to know is this: Prescription drug abuse does not discriminate. It does not care about your social, economic or educational status. It doesn’t matter if you live on Park Avenue or The Park Bench. Open mouth, insert pill and it leads to ONE BAD CHOICE.

In fact the problem is in every city, in every state, across this country. Last Thursday another young man from this area passed away. He struggled with addiction and it was that one last time that ended his life. His funeral service is Tuesday. Today we heard of another young man who died from an overdose. This is not stopping.

The OxyContin problem is larger than you can imagine and has affected just about everyone in some way. Either you know of someone who died or is addicted, someone in your family has died or is addicted or someone you meet knows someone who has died or is addicted. We are now about one degree of separation from this epidemic.

History on the Drug

Back in 1997 Purdue Pharma started an aggressive marketing campaign to get doctors of all persuasions to prescribe this drug for anything from a sprained ankle to wisdom teeth extraction. Even the FDA got into the mix by stating that because the drug was “timed released” the drug was “believed to reduce” the potential for addiction.

Between 1996 and 2001 the push was on to get the word out about this new wonder drug.”Big Pharma” had a designated army of sale reps dedicated to just spreading the word on the new wonder drug. The number of salespeople dedicated solely to OxyContin jumped from 318 to 767 and the sales of the drug led to $2.8 billion in revenue.

In an article published April 24 by Tim Cheney, the facts stated: “OxyContin accounts for 84.9 percent of opioid prescriptions. 202 million opiod prescriptions in 2009. Purdue Pharma Oxycontin revenues 2010: 3.1 billion; 2009 2.8 billion. OxyContin accounts for approximately 90 percent of Purdue Pharma revenues.”

Well the suits at Purdue got busted for misbranding and misrepresenting their product. They pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay $634.5 million in fines for claiming the drug was less addictive and less subject to abuse than other pain management medications. Is this going to bring back the ones we lost? No, but hopefully it will open some eyes and some minds.

During the research for our film Behind The Orange Curtain, the main focus was the shock regarding the number of deaths from this beautiful affluent Southern California area. We have tree-lined streets, gated communities, Blue Ribbon schools and amazing sports activities to keep the kids active and off the streets. What makes a good kid from a good family take drugs in the first place never mind such high voltage pain killers that are extremely addictive and kill.

What we have come to find out, there is no simple answer.These are good kids from good homes making bad, stupid choices in the name of fun.They open mouth, insert pill, and the road to hell is paved. About three out of 100 comeback from an opioid addiction and then it’s a lifelong battle. The consensus was unanimous in our interview for the film – the feeling they got from that first pill – was a feeling they wanted to feel the rest of their lives. Many stay addicted because the detoxification is so painful, that it’s easier to stay under the influence than to get clean.

What we also learned is the “sweet spot” for experimentation with drugs, alcohol, tobacco is between the ages of 12 and 15. The goal is to get to the parents and let them know what is going on in our communities, in our middle schools and high schools.

What might start out as popping a few pills for a few giggles with the group, turns into a mighty strong addiction.The cost of Oxy is about $10 a milligram and very quickly the addiction moves to 80 mgs and many take 8-10 a day. Mary McElreddy, Special Agent from the DEA, stated that the switch to heroin is inevitable because it costs less and produces the same high. So many start off smoking heroin (chasing the dragon) and some eventually start shooting it.

Many share the drugs which is extremely dangerous. By scraping off the time release coating on the drug, they get the full effects of the drug as they ingest it – as the time release has been taken away.

Learn the term “dirty doctors” because they are out there in more places that you can imagine. There are thousands of loving and caring doctors, and healthcare providers but there are many that are just rotten to the core.

Recently, a doctor was arrested for allegedly selling prescriptions in a Starbucks. “Patients” would come into Starbucks, meet the doctor, he would have them touch their toes and check their blood pressure, the “patient” would hand them cash and they were out of there with a prescription for OxyContin, Xanax, Opana or whatever they needed. He was also caring for patients in a car dealership and a Las Vegas casino.

Dr. Lisa Tseng from Roland Heights was arrested and charged with three counts of murder, and 10 more are pending. In the past three years she has written 27,000 prescriptions for pain medication – even to undercover drug agents.

Opana is the new pharmaceutical street drug. This drug was originally given to end-stage brain cancer patients or patients who had massive surgeries. One young woman thought she was snorting cocaine and it was in fact Opana. Mark Melkonian took the drug and went to sleep, and when his brother tried to wake him for school the next morning, his body was cold.

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is supporting Behind The Orange Curtain and makes an appearance in the film. Despite anyone’s party affiliation, she is a very loud voice for us in Washington. She herself knows firsthand the problem with opioid drugs, as her son had an addiction to OxyContin. She has legislation pending in Washington on the prescription drug problem in the United States.

My heart goes out to the parents who have lost their children in such a senseless preventable way. Every day they wake up, brush their teeth and look into the mirror, and have to deal with the fact that their child is gone.

None of us can be so brave as to think this will not happen to my child. Sylvia, Jodi, Vernon, Judy (and the list goes on and on) never thought that they would have to bury their child.

More to discuss later like the Good Samaritan Law AB472 (Ammiano), Nalaxone, and CURES prescription monitoring system in California.

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Addiction Effects More Than The Addict

Today my daughter and I attended a funeral today at Saddleback Church for another young man who died from drug addiction.  The room was filled with many handsome young men, doing their best to dress in black attire, even if included the ubiquitous large brimmed hat and flip flops.  They were there to pay celebrate his life and pay respects to his family.

I could not help looking around the room at these young faces and wondering which one of them is next.  It wasn’t such a far-fetched question as the conversation after the service with a group that was “clean and sober” indicated that another group was going to go off and celebrate their friend’s life by getting high.  It seems that a week doesn’t go by without another Facebook posting of another young life snuffed out by overdosing.

The service was simple but beautiful.   Everyone paid tribute to his big outgoing personality, sense of humor and love and dedication for his family, especially his young nieces.  A video montage with the music he loved showed his life from infancy to his early adulthood.  No one talked about his addiction to drugs, or the lifestyle that it drove him to,  or the emotional devastation his disease has caused his family and will for years to come.

While we can acknowledge the problem, no one really understands what a family must endure on a daily basis.    I wonder how hard is it to know that your child has a drug problem and watch them walk out the front door at night.  The terror of where they are, what are they doing, who are they with is paralyzing.   Going to bed for the evening, wondering if that phone is going to ring, and hoping it rings with the voice saying, “please come get me”, versus the alternative.

In addition to dealing with addiction, the life style of the addict is something that the parents and siblings have to endure on a daily basis.  The stealing, the DUI’s, the arrests, sentencing, convictions, bail, probation, court costs, rehabilitation costs – the pressure is unbelievable on families.  Addiction does not affect just the addict.  The entire family is pulled into this.  Some parents are relieved when their child is in jail because for the first time they know where he is and that he’s alive.

Many of these individuals have been in and out of rehab several times.  One young lady, from a very good home, went to rehab 13 times.  She eventually went to jail and is one of the very few that has turned her life around.  The young man whose funeral we attended today had been in and out of rehab many times.  Many will tell you that after they got high for the first time they want to feel that way for the rest of their lives.

I met a dad who had gone away overnight to see a friend.  In the morning he had an uneasy feeling and as he started on his trip home, his phone rang.  It was a voice that identified himself as an Orange County Sheriff.   The Sheriff said they were at his home, with his wife present, and they were doing CPR on his son.  His son passed away.  He was 19.

Another father watched as his daughter left for the evening.  She was six months clean as she walked out the door.  She went to a party and snorted what she thought was cocaine and it turned out to be opana – the strongest of painkillers.  She was put to bed, the party continued and after several hours, when the party was over, the house cleaned up – help was called.  She was already dead.  The dad said he spent the evening in a chair, calling every cell phone he had, and could not reach anyone.  The next call he got was from her friend saying, “say it isn’t so”.

Another family dealt with their son’s addiction and was being seen by a so-called dirty doctor.  He was with his friends (and the term friends is used loosely), getting high and he started to overdose.  They drove passed several hospitals, made a few attempts to call for help from a payphone for fear of being traced back to their cell phones.  In their panic, their self-induced stupor, they dumped his body on the side of the road on Camino Capistrano.   His body was found the next morning as the 911 calls flooded switchboard.

One mother received a call that her daughter was on life-support from overdosing at a rave.  She was 5 hours away from her daughter’s bedside.  I can’t fathom that long arduous drive to get to your child’s side and wonder if they will be alive by the time you get there.

Some parents have paid several hundred thousand dollars in rehab costs to save their child.  Some are bankrupt from the process.

Some parents have more than one child addicted.  Some parents have more than one child who has died.

This is more than anyone should have to endure.  This is one bad choice made by an individual that has caused a life of darkness, sadness, and despair and potentially death for himself and a life of horror for his family.

These families I speak of today are from South Orange County.  These are good people who raised good children and somewhere something went awfully wrong.   All the questions can be posed, fingers can be pointed and yet there is no clear answer.  The addict has to hit bottom, the addict needs to want help, the addict needs to stay in a program, and the addict needs to work on this every day of their lives.

There are many who have crawled out of the hole to live productive and fulfilling lives.  But those numbers pale in comparison to those that do not make it.

I still believe that educating parents and getting to the child at an early age is a good line of defense.  Not the only one –but a start.  The sweet spot for experimentation and addiction is age 12-15.  Just say “No” doesn’t work.

We need many things in this state.  One is a real-time prescription monitoring system that works and that physicians must use.   We need to track who is writing the prescription, what they are for, and where they are being dispensed.  We have real-time reporting on Facebook, why not for prescription monitoring.

We need a Good Samaritan bill whereby those overdosing can get help without fear of arrest and prosecution.  (AB472)  Prompt help by first responders can help reverse the overdose (opiate overdose only) by one simple injection of Naloxone.  Former Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill because he did not want to condone bad behavior.  This is about savings lives – getting help for those in trouble.

We need factual statistics so we can know for a fact how many people have died in Orange County from prescription/drug overdoses.  The Coroner’s office does not give out statistics because, for example, the cause of death may be recorded as “auto accident” but they were under the influence of a narcotic at the time.   The statistics on national deaths by prescription drugs are based on studies done in 2007-2009.  We need to know what is happening now – not four years ago.

We also need politicians to get their heads out of the clouds and hear the voices of the parents who are screaming for help and change in this state and across this country.  They need to understand that this is a very real problem and needs addressing immediately.

We need one cohesive group, like M.A.D.D.   Instead of chipping away at the problem on a grassroots level, we need to pull together and make large impact on a national basis.

Although this is devastating here in Orange County – it’s equally as devastating in every city, in every state, across this country.  This drug problem one of the biggest attacks on the American family and no one is exempt.  It does not discriminate.  It doesn’t matter if you live on Park Avenue or the park bench.  It has to be acknowledged, addressed and dealt with.   Period.

 

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2012 Newport Beach Film Festival – Tickets

Screening for Behind The Orange Curtain is May 2nd @ 8:15 PM at Triangle Square Theatre # 2.

Don’t miss this exciting documentary that delves into the Rx drug problem here in Orange County California – and the aftermath that occurs.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival!

go to:  www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Tickets online are $12 plus a $1.00 handling charge. 

Don’t miss this exciting screening at the film festival

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2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

Behind the Orange Curtain is a full feature documentary that explores the Rx drug problem in affluent Orange County, California.  Hundreds of young men and women have passed away over the last two years from prescription drug abuse, overdose and death.  Many of these individuals have turned to heroin because it produces the same high but for a fraction of the cost.

Directed by Brent Huff, this feature discusses the this issue with such noted individuals as Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the Orange County Coronor’s office, The DEA, and interventionists.

Many of these young people came from good homes, went to good schools and their parents did what they could to give them every opportunity to have a leg up on life.  Somewhere their life took a turn and they made one bad choice.

The road to recovery with opiates is difficult.  Many do not succeed.  Those that do have a life-long battle with sobriety and recovery.

Rx drugs do not descriminate.   This is an epidemic not only in idyllic Orange County, in every city, in every county, across America.  Rx drugs do not care what social class you come from.  They don’t care if you live on Park Avenue or the Park Bench.  No one is exempt.

Purchase tickets early as there is a demand tickets for this screening.  The festival will offer a second screening date once May 2nd has been sold out.

If you have questions, you can call 949-609-1600 (The Performer’s Academy).
Ask for Natalie Costa – Exec. Producer of the film.

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OxyContin $$$ Statistics

OxyContin Stats

From StopOxy.com

“Purdue Pharmaceutical revenue in 2010 was $3,084,262,027.00 for OxyContin ALONE. Number of prescriptions written for Hydrocodone (Vicodin) in the US in 2010 was 106,777,390. The U.S. makes up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 80 percent of its opiods – and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone (the opiate that is Vicodin). 1 in 5 U.S. Adults are taking med for physhological disorders. In order for things to happen, policies must be changed. Awareness must be raised. That is why StopOxy is doing what we do.”

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Dr. Tseng Sheds Tears – Give me a break.

Dr. Lisa Tseng, Roland Heights, CA – weeps at her arraignment hearing in Los Angeles on March 15, 2012.  Judge denied bail.  She is charged with second degree murder for 3 young men.  Charges for several other deaths are pending.

Dr. Lisa Teng Shed Tears.
Commentary:

There are three confirmed deaths due to her reckless prescribing of addicting drugs such as OxyContin, Opana, Xanax, and more. She told a parent – face to face – that it’s not her problem.

She can’t control how the medication is taken after she prescribes these drugs.

Dr. Tseng has written over 27,000 prescriptions in the past three years.

She maintains that she is not guilty.

Shed your tears Dr. Tseng.
Tears, for what?
Sorry your life has been turned upside down.
Afraid of the unknown?
Fear of spending the rest of your life in an orange jumpsuit
in a cement cell with iron bars?
Tears for the stupid choice you made to recklessly
prescribe pills – because you could. 
Tears for the lives that were lost because
of your swift and mighty pen? 
Brace yourself. 
You have not yet begun to feel
the wrath of your actions. 
May God help you.
Natalie Costa
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Dr. Lisa Tseng Arrested

This is a bittersweet day for many in South Orange County an in the state of California.
Dr. Lisa Tseng has been arrested and charged with the murder of 3 individuals by recklessly prescribing Rx drugs like Oxycontin, Opana, Xanax, Soma, and more
There are 10 more deaths that they are linking her to.
The bail set for Dr. Tseng is three million dollars.
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Dr. Lisa Tseng Arrested – Rx Dirty Doctor

Dr. Lisa Tseng


A Rowland Heights doctor was arrested Thursday in the overdose deaths of an Orange County man and two others, capping a multi-agency investigation into an alleged ”pill mill” that drew customers from as far away as Arizona.

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 42, faces felony charges of second-degree murder in the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 29, of Lake Forest, on March 2, 2009; Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert, in April 2009; and Joseph Rovero III, 21, a University of Arizona student, in December 2009.

If convicted, Tseng faces a maximum prison sentence of 45 years to life. The Osteopathic Medical Board of California also has taken steps to revoke her license.

A felony complaint was filed Wednesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office following a four-year investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Attorney General’s Office. The DEA stripped Tseng of her ability to prescribe addictive drugs in August 2010 and accused her of writing more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period with few, if any, examinations.

Tseng’s arrest on $3 million bail came at the relief of parents who’ve long called for her to be put out of business and placed behind bars.

“Prescription drug overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions. Enough is enough. Doctors are not above the law,” said Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. “Dr. Feelgoods who knowingly over-prescribe drugs for no medical reason other than someone asks for drugs and pays the doctor a staggering amount of money will be dealt with severely.”

Besides the murder charges, Tseng faces one felony count of prescribing drugs using fraud and 20 felony counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Tseng had been running the medical clinic with her husband, also a physician, since 2005. The clinic remains open in a shopping center along the Pomona Freeway.

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Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack @ The Performer’s Academy March 4th @ 2:00

 

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack will speak at The Performer’s Academy in Laguna Woods, next Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 PM

She will be joined by MAPDA founders (Mother’s Against Prescription Drug Abuse) Kathy Creedon and Janet Janes.

Congresswoman Mack has agreed to speak exclusively with the parents and participants of Behind the Orange Curtain.

The Congresswoman is an advocate of stopping prescription pill abuse and is taking her case to Congress.  Congresswoman Mack is looking forward to hearing the thoughts and comments from parents and loved ones who experience the loss of their child due to prescription drug abuse.

Date:          March 4th
Time:         2:00 PM
Place:         The Performer’s Academy
24310 Moulton Parkway Suite I
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
MUST RSVP   – 949-609-1600
or email:
ThePerformersAcademy@gmail.com

Article on Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Speaks Out Against
Prescription Pill Abuse

No matter what side of the political fence you are on, you have to hand it to Mary Bono Mack for taking a stand against prescription pill abuse. The Republican representative from California is heading a commerce panel for the Energy and Commerce Committee to raise awareness of the problem.

On April 4, Bono Mack, the widow of singer turned Congressman Sonny Bono who entered politics after his death, introduced legislation that would ensure that on one can get drugs containing Oxycodone for other than the intended use – to reduce severe pain. The legislation is called the “Stop Abuse Act of 2011 (H.R. 1316) and she has garnered support from several of her colleagues in Congress. It’s a cause that’s personal for the Congre3sswoman but she’s well aware it affects the whole country.

It’s hoped that legislation will stop Oxycontin pills from being so widely marketed. For one thing, the law, if passed will help thwart the pill mills that are rampant in Florida.

Our representatives in Congress aren’t the only Americans wanting to step up. A while ago Taylor Armstrong posted about April Rovero, who founded the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, after her son died from an overdose from prescription pills. This is a bipartisan issue.

 

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A must read:

“Defining Moments – A Suburban Father’s Journey Into His Son’s Oxy Addiction”
by Bradley V. DeHaven.

Bradley V. DeHaven is a Financial Planner in Sacramento, CA, a husband, and a father of two son, one of whom is a recovering Oxycontin addict.

Brad’s website  www.rxdrugaddict.com has been established to facilitate communication among those who are affected by prescription drug addiction and includes resources and a forum for support and discussion.

“Defining Moments” is the story about what formed Brad as a father.

“I simply am not programmed to stop, no matter the consequences.”

This book is available through Bradley’s website and Amazon.com

Natalie Costa
949-609-1600

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An important read from the CDC.
Please read and share.  We have to get this message out so everyone understands
this is a very real problems – everywhere. 
Natalie 
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Rx Drug Overdoses Have Skyrocketed

It takes, sometimes, the death of a celebrity to shed light on a massive problem that regular folks have been dealing with for sometime.  Yes it’s sad that Whiteny, Amy, Elvis, and many others have succumbed to Rx drugs and have passed away.  At this writing it’s still speculation that Whitney died of a drug overdose and this will be amended when toxicology confirms her cause of death.

Light is now being beamed on this subject – yet here in South Orange County – many elected officials (Laguna Niguel) tend to feel that this is not an issue here – that these drug are being brought in from outside the area.

The parents of over 100 teens/yound adults in the past two years would tend to disagree.  When you speak with teenagers, they will tell you that it’s common knowledge that pills are available.  Many will tell you with just a singlar phone call, they can get someone who can provide Oxy, Opana, Xanax and more.  So it’s time to move on this.  Here’s an article that I will post the link from – from the Philadelphia Post-Gazette.com – where a Pennsylvania lawmake is seeking to identify and help addicts though a database that would track use of medications.

http://empowerednews.net/drug-overdose-deaths-have-skyrocketed-in-the-u-s/1820461/

We can network on Facebook – Tweet on Twitter and reach tens of thousand of people with our posts, yet we do not have real time reporting of prescriptions being issued and filled – and who is doing what to whom.  PA is tied with Ohio at 10th in the country of fatal overdoes in 2008.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention – in their November 2011 publication – states:

“Deaths from prescription painkillers* have reached epidemic levels in the past decated.  The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocain combined.  A big part of the problem is nonmedical use of prescription painkellers-using drugs without a prescription, or using drugs just for the “high” they cause.  In 2010, about 12 million Americans (ages 12 and older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year.

Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.  Although most of these pills were prescribed for medical purposes, many of them ended up in hands of people who misused or abuse them.

Improving the way prescription painkillers are prescribed can reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from these powerful drugs, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective treatment.”

*”Prescription painkillers” refer to opiod or narcotic pa8in relievers including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone.

The article goes on to say:

  • Prescription painkiller overdoses killed hearly 15,000 people in the U.S. in 2008.  That is more than 3 times the 4,000 people killed by these drugs in 1999.
  • In 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year.
  • Nearly half a mi8llion emergency department visits in 2009 were due to people misusing or abusing prescription painkillers.
  • Nonmedical use of prescription painkillers costs health insurers up to $72.5 billion annually in direct health care costs.

The supply of prescription painkillers is larger than ever.

  • The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors offices was 4 times larger in 2010 than in 1999.
  • Many states report problesm with “pill Mills” where doctors prescribe large quantities of painkillers to people who don’t need them medically.  Some people also obtain prescriptions from multiple prescribers by “doctor shopping”.

Office of Applied Studies Report:

A Day in the Life of American Adolescents:  Substance Use Facts Update

Note:  You can find this article online.  I am pulling out some important facts for your perusal.

“In the United States in 2008, almost one third of adolescents aged 12 to 17 drank alcohol in the past year, one-fifth used an illicit drug, and almost one sixth smoked cigarettes.

First Substance Use:
According to the 2008 HSDUH:

  • 10.2 percent of adolsecents aged 12 to 17 drank alcohol for the first time in the past year.6.0percent used an illicit drug for the first time
  • The 2008 NSDUH indicateds that, on an average day during the past year, the following number of adolescents used the indicated substances for the first time
  • 7,540 drank alcohol for the first time;
  • 3,845 smoked cigarettes for the first time;
  • 4,365 used an illicit drug for the first time;
  • 3,695 used marijuana for the first time
  • 2,466 used prescription pain relievers nonmedically for the first time
  • 1,406 used hallucinogens for the first time
  • 1,310 used inhyalants for the first time
  • 653 used cocaine for the first time
  • 628 used licit or illicit stimulants nonmedically for the fist time
  • 127 used methamphetamine for the first time, and
  • 93 used heroin for the first time.

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The statistics are staggering anyway you look at them.   The governmental agencies cannot keep up with the growing numbers.

We I do know from the making of Behind The Orange Curtain, and the group of committed parents that I have met – who have lost their children to Rx drugs – that something needs to be done.  A cohesive reporting system needs to be in place.  Lawmakers need to get on board and recognize that this is an epidemic (as stated by the DEA) and it’s not going to go away unless we institute stringent laws that crack down on the prescribing and filling of these prescriptions.  Real-time accounting of this process needs to happen.  We do have the technology – someone needs to make this happen.  There should be an “APP” for that.

Behind the Orange Curtain is on schedule for completion in early spring.  Principal photography has been completed and the original music score by Roland Jenster is in the works.  We have submitted it to the Newport Beach Film Festival as a full feature documentary (as a work in progress) so we have our fingers crossed that it will be accepted.  We have many more festivals that we will be submitting to as their deadlines approach.

If you have any questions or comments – feel free to leave them on this blog, email me at ThePerformersAcademy@gmail.com  or BehindTheOrangeCurtainFilm@gmail.com

The new trailer can be seen at:
www.BehindTheOrangeCurtain.net

Trailer:

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Natalie Costa
Behind The Orange Curtain
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Laguna Woods, CA  92637
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