Abuse Deterrent Opioids Might Have Saved my son’s life. As a parent who lost a child, I spend a lot of time thinking about “what ifs.” My son Jarrod died in 2010 of a prescription painkiller overdose. Now,5 in a half years later, I wonder if some of the policies and technology that we now […]
onsumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications
Curb Prescription Abuse Among Our Youth
There isn’t any way to sugarcoat my story. I lost a child to a prescription drug overdose and my life has never been the same. My son was happy and fun-loving. He loved sports, was respectful and was a great big brother. He brought so much joy to our family. The pain of losing a […]
Story in Progress: Prescription Pills
SoCal Connected producers and crew drove to Laguna Niguel for the premiere of a documentary called “Overtaken,” which focuses on prescription drug abuse in affluent Orange County.
Rise in Young Painkiller Abusers
This California Watch story was edited by Robert Salladay and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee. Michael Montgomery and Sarah Varney contributed reporting. With the steady rise of prescription drug abuse across California, young pill addicts are succumbing in increasing numbers to another vice: heroin. For young people who otherwise might have been […]