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OxyContin Activists: Brad DeHaven

Brad DeHaven of Granite Bay, Calif. considered himself a typical suburban father: he coached his two boys’ soccer, baseball and football teams, helped with their homework, and did everything he could to instill a good work ethic and be a positive influence in their lives. But all that came crashing down when his older son, Brandon, became addicted to OxyContin in high school. DeHaven’s first book, “Defining Moments: A Suburban Father’s Journey Into His Son’s Oxy Addiction,” tells of the great lengths DeHaven went to in an attempt to help his son – including going undercover in a dangerous drug bust – and of how Brandon’s addiction affected the whole family. Oxy Watchdog spoke to DeHaven about how OxyContin led his family down an unimaginable path, and the book that lays it all bare.

Watchdog: Why did you decide to write a book and go public with your story?

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Calif. medical board under fire amid rising OD deaths

computerpillsParents whose children died of drug overdoses urged California’s medical board on Monday to utilize a tracking database of prescriptions to help identify doctors who over-prescribe powerful narcotics amid the state’s growing addiction epidemic. The testimony came from members of advocacy organizations, including the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, and other individuals and experts who said the board’s failure to investigate complaints of physician misconduct in a timely manner has often had deadly results.

By the time parents were allowed to start their testimony, several of the board’s members had wandered out of the hearing, leaving only five active listeners (the board currently has 15 members.) When one of the parent speakers – a registered nurse whose son was addicted to pills and died of a heroin overdose last year – asked when the full board would be available, one of the members replied “soon” and added that everyone’s testimony would be transcribed.

Not very reassuring.

Among the powerful speakers were Bradley DeHaven, whose son was previously addicted to OxyContin; April Rovero, the founder of NCAPDA after her son died of a prescription drug overdose; and Jodi Barber, producer of the short film Overtaken who lost her son to an Opana overdose.

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Rx Resources

A list of information and resources related to prescription drug and heroin addiction.


The FDA’s Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medication

    Information to avoid pain medication abuse and overdose.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

    A professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment.

The Medicine Abuse Project

    A five-year action campaign that aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine by the year 2017.

    Information about the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

National Council on Patient Information and Education

    A non-profit coalition working to stimulate and improve communication of information on the appropriate use of medicines to consumers and health care professionals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    U.S. government agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center

    Information about prescription drug addiction and preventing painkiller overdoses.


National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

    The goal of NCAPDA is to create awareness of the dangers caused by prescription drug abuse.

Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids

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