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“Today is the second anniversary of the day my children lost their father. Time for another shout out to Natalie Costa for leading the local charge to educate us all on drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is still the leading health crisis in this country, yet, so horribly misunderstood. Go see Behind the Orange Curtain. If you have an addict close in your life, don’t ignore the problem, consider an Al Anon meeting to understand it and those even closer to the addict. So worth the effort to save families from this type of pain and loss. “— 

Heading to Washington DC to testify before the Senate on the 18th. To my knowledge it will be Director Kerlikowske, Congresswoman Mary Bono-Mack, myself and one other person testifying. It is at the invitation of Senator Diane Feinstein. Because her office watched the copy of “Behind the Orange Curtain” we left with them in May. I will be representing all of the precious families involved in the film. Thanks Jeff for your faith in me. Prayers appreciated. Vernon Porter

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“I think the film should be required viewing for all Junior High/Middle Schools. I know many adults with Xanex, Vicoden, etc., subscriptions. I think more adults need “therapy dogs” and learn to deal with life. We need to start changing the lifestyles of adults as well.” – Anonymous

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“I’ve viewed this film twice now and each time the impact has been the same. I am stunned and saddened by this epidemic and convinced each junior high school in Orange County should be required to show this film to students. I am thankful for Natalie’s pro-active approach to getting the word out and helping us, as parents, to join the fight to protect our kids.” – Tamara Carpenter

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“WOW! I was blown away! I was shocked. I did not now about most of the things that were talked about in the movie. Very hard to watch – we need to do more!!! All high school and middle school kids need to see this movie.” Maggie McNamara

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“That was a very interesting film. I have 3 boys – they are still young kids, but I should be careful too!!!” – Nina

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“Great documentary……Amazing work”…Mina Nawabi

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“Great Movie! Many people need to hear about his. All meds at home will be locked in a safe place. I am definitely going to talk to my children today.” – Anonymous

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“Very moving and education for me. Thanks for providing this awareness.” – Henry Gourdine

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“Wow! Very eye opening and scary. I am glad to know about this problem. Both of my children are very young but I am happy to be informed now. I have a niece who will be 16 soon so I am going to speak to her about it since we are so close. Lovely film, thank you.” Jayme Amsbury

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“Very informative and detailed – opened my eyes for sure!” Dot Low

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“I am in shock. I just had no idea that this goes on. WOW!” Roberta Counts

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“Powerful-shocked – a wake-up call to parents and teens. Highly recommend.” Elaine Werner Hudson – Executive Director of Project Josh.

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“Very moving – very heavy subject. An eye opener.” – Anonymous

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“The film was amazing. I really would like to share it with so many friends I know with teens that are just starting the drug journey. Let’s help the kids in the world – I learned so much from the movie about my own son.” – Mrs. Soufi

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“Very informative!!! I will now open my eyes and talk to my kids NOW!” Heather Cardoso

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“Insightful, sad, scary – hope it is successful in moving political change. As noted, lets end this with a prayer!” Wayne Plizga

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“This film pulled me in from the very beginning! It was so real and relatable. I want my 14 year old to sit down with my 10 year old daughter tonight to talk about these issues. Thank you for making this film!” Tammy Arnold

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“Very powerful film that makes me want to talk to my kids and their friends to reach out and stop wrong behavior such as prescription drugs.” Bob Pelky

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“This film was incredible, moving and chilling. The film is so very well done. It tells the story on an emotional level but clearly hits you with the undeniable facts. As the mom of a (newly) 14 year old who will be entering high school in the fall – it really opened my eyes. As Natalie said – once you hear about it – you cannot turn back.” Noreen Heckler

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“Overwhelming and eye opening. We will be happy to email, make calls, send flyers….whatever we can do to join a team t pass this on. Thank you for your work.” Carol Plizga

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“Very good and very informative. Very real and unpretentious, factual and emotional. I liked the journey. I agree that kids need to see this – between ages 10-15 years old.” Janet Klein

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I agree every parent and child should watch this film. I like the personal stories shared and really appreciate their willingness to share their stories. I cannot imagine their heartbreak. Thank you for taking this on and for sharing the awareness. Kasey – Dove Canyon, CA

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Very Powerful Film! I hope all teenagers get the chance to see this (and their parents!) Tracey-Fullerton

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This film is GREAT! I learned a lot of things about drugs from this film. Thank you for making this film. It can help families and kids. This is a great education film. Wendy Wang

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Very good, very informative, very real, and unpretentious, factual and emotional. I liked the journey. I agree that kids need to see this between ages 10-15. Janet Klein

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Overwhelming and eye opening. We will be happy to email, make calls, send flyers…whatever we can do to join a team to pass this on. Thank you for your work . Carol Plizga

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Very good film, lots of information. Christine Chow

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I wanted to say thank you. My daughter is a 6th grade in the OC. As a parent I look at her and say she would never do that, but than in the back of my head I think why wouldn’t she, what would stop her. I grew up in a house that my dad was a addicted to everything, we had to careful of what we put on our food because it might be lace with something. I grew up knowing this wasn’t the life for me. When I watch the U-tube video I notice I never talked to my daughter about prescriptions drugs and the effect. I went the bathroom and flushed all the old oxy and heavy pain meds we had from pass injury’s. Thank you for making me a better mother. I really hope if isn’t already the video can be shown in the middle school in OC area. Thank you

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Natalie & Brent…my Earth Angel!!!….I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for working so hard in making and finishing the film “Behind The Orange Curtain”.!!! Wow….what a powerful film it is!!!!! Is will help so many parents, friends, and families. As a parent you try your best, and sometimes you do not know what to do. This film will also help parents reach out for help and ask the important questions about Rx drugs. Because of YOU, this film was made possible…I want to thank you sooooo much for honoring my beloved Mark in such an beautiful way. Even in death Mark will continue to help others now,….and so well all the others that have Gone too Soon. I was crying so much when Brianne was signing Mark’s song…”My Heart Will Go On”. But, now I know it will…and my heart is full of love and gratitude for you! ♥ ♥. Sylvia Melkonian

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Congratulations to everyone involved in BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN ‘s great success at The Newport Beach Film Festival… especially all the brave parents, friends and family members who tirelessly come to every event to honor their fallen loved ones with strength, courage, honor, and inspiration. Mama Costa, you are literally saving lives as we speak. 🙂 Adriane Jenster

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What a beautiful Mother Daughter team and what special women you both are to support and advocate for this cause, these lost special young adults and their families! You should be mutually proud of each other. We are so proud of you. The film was immensely emotive, moving, real and terrifying. Thank you for your passion and ongoing efforts in this regard. Martha Mosier

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It was a great privilege to participate in last night’s screening and candlelight vigil for the premier of “Behind the Orange Curtain”. We were deeply moved to see so many families effected by the tragedy of prescription drug abuse, and to learn of the staggering statistics surrounding this epidemic. May all the hard work and sacrifice you all have made on behalf of the grieving, bear fruit that will save many lives Arianna Carpenter

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Thank you for such an honest and open story about the problem of addiction in the OC and beyond. my heart goes out to the families who have lost their children, and may God bless them for sharing their stories in an attempt to help others battle this insidious disease. Donna Mork Waldo