Film Documents the Tragedy of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Jeff Shimkus, a Fire Department Captain in Anaheim, California, recently sat down with filmmakers to discuss his 19-year-old son Sam.  A college student, athlete and Special Education Instructional Aide, Sam died in January of 2010 from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol.  The coroner ruled that his accidental overdose death was caused by mixing booze and Opana (a painkiller), Soma (a muscle relaxant) and Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug).  Although Jeff Shimkus had responded to many emergency calls related to drug overdoses while on the job, he was unable to save his son from suffering the same fate. Behind the Orange Curtain Trailer: http://youtu.be/WwZwL6tWwbg The story of Sam Shimkus, described by his father as a good kid who made a bad choice, will be part of a feature-length documentary entitled "Behind the Orange Curtain."  The purpose of the film, which is scheduled for completion in March, is to raise public awareness about the prescription drug epidemic in Orange County and across the nation.  According to the Orange County Register,…

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Dedicated to OxyNEO Drug Awareness

OxyNEO Drug Rehab is here to bring awareness to the phenomenon of prescription drug addiction and overdose. We are a group of addictions industry professionals who feel that the spectre of OxyContin will not be alleviated by the new formulation called OxyNEO.  Purdue Pharma has already released a "tamper proof" version of the drug OxyContin and  this has not really alleviated the "silent epidemic" of opiate addiction that OxyContin has become the poster child for.  To be fair, both tamper proof OxyContin and (most likely) OxyNEO are steps in the right direction and we appreciate that Purdue Pharma is addressing the issue (even if their executives are facing prison sentences for the unethical promotion of OxyContin which began in 1996). A Very Serious Epidemic of Addiction and Overdose OxyContin and OxyNEO are only part of a larger problem.  This is a problem that has radically affected millions of lives across all social strata in the United States (and certainly beyond).  The problem is that prescription drugs like OxyNEO are…

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