I met California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack around the time I was down in OC for the filming of my interview with the director of Behind the Orange Curtain, the documentary about the rx drug epidemic among kids in that upscale California county. When I was there I really came to understand how fortunate I am not to have lost Brandon to the drugs. Most of the other parents there talked about how this epidemic has left them with dead children; their lives shattered. I also met the two mothers who started MAPDA there. Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse. Lots of people doing good work.
In a May 2011 blog, I talked about Bono Mack’s bill, now known as the Ryan Creedon Act, which has been Referred to Commitee. “To amend the Controlled Substances Act to require practitioners to obtain particular training or special certification, approved by the Attorney General, on addiction to and abuse of controlled substances and appropriate and safe use of controlled substances in schedule II, III, IV, or V, and for other purposes.”
I recently saw the Congresswoman again, and told her about my new book and how I have a chapter under construction currently titled “Get Your Head Out of Your Ass,” and she agreed that parents need to be more aware of how they can really help their kids and not enable them to continue killing themselves, which is essentially what they are doing.
After our discussion, she sent me a friend request on Facebook! I couldn’t be more thrilled to start conversations with the movers and shakers and get active with some legislative changes to change the course of this epidemic. Please join us on my Facebook page if you haven’t already done so.
Bono Mack owns an RXDrug Safe, by the way.
I’ll have the pleasure of seeing her again in a few weeks at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, FL April 10-12, where 650 people will be walking around with my first book, Defining Moments. Look for more on this in a future post.