May 1, 2012
While most parents think to check the liquor cabinet or smell their teen's breath after a party, some are realizing that youths are turning to a much more elusive drug. Without a thought, you see it everyday when you open the medicine cabinet and brush your teeth: prescription drugs. "Behind The Orange Curtain," Brent Huff's first documentary to hit the big screen, examines the abuse of prescription drugs by chronicling the stories of 15 Orange County families, and speaks to addicts and parents.
August 6, 2002
Paul Clinton Registered nurse and congressional candidate Gerrie Schipske has been beating the prescription-drug drum on the campaign trail through a district she hopes to seize from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Schipske, after a meeting with the Gray Panthers of Long Beach, said she supports Sen. John McCain's generic-drug bill that passed in the Senate last week and wants to provide better drug access to senior citizens. "We have to send a message that we won't let the pharmaceutical industry block their access to less expensive prescription drugs," Schipske said Monday in a statement.
October 24, 2013
From his wheelchair in the Corona del Mar High School gym, Aaron Rubin held up one finger to indicate "yes" and two fingers for "no" as he answered questions about a drug addiction that led him to a catastrophic overdose. "This is Aaron," said his mother, Sherrie Rubin. "Aaron overdosed on OxyContin and prescription meds when he was 23. He was in a coma for three and a half weeks. He had a heart attack and two strokes. " Aaron, now 31, can no longer speak, Sherrie explained, and only about one quarter of his brain was undamaged after the strokes.
July 15, 2011
COSTA MESA – Four police vehicles surrounded a car and two officers drew their guns Friday after a person ran away from a traffic stop. The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at Fairview Road and Baker Street. A police officer saw a car with a vehicle violation and attempted to pull the car over when one person in the car got out and ran away, said Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Bob Ciszek. Three people were arrested for possession of prescription drugs, Ciszek said.
March 23, 2010
An Anaheim police officer who lives in Costa Mesa is accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs three times in the last year, with his latest alleged incident happening in Costa Mesa last week. Kevin Noel Schlueter, 37, faces three misdemeanor DUI charges. He has already pleaded not guilty to an alleged DUI in March 2009, when prosecutors said he nearly hit a California Highway Patrol car on the 405 Freeway in Westminster. In January of this year, prosecutors said Schlueter crashed his car into the backyard of a home in Huntington Beach and sat in his car until police arrived.
May 10, 2008
The trial for an Irvine woman charged in connection with the death of a Newport Beach teacher in a car accident while under the influence of prescription drugs will begin Monday, prosecutors said. Janene Johns, 53, killed Eastbluff Elementary School third-grade teacher Candace Tift in August 2006 when her Lexus veered off the road and hit Tift, authorities said. Tift was walking her dog while riding a bicycle without a helmet. Prosecutors unsuccessfully pushed to withhold from the jury the fact that Johns?
September 25, 2013
A 39-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of killing a cyclist while driving under the influence of prescription drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti had been detained after her car collided with cyclist Eric Billings, 54, killing him, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The collision occurred on March 15 on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road, near Trabuco Hills High School, the sheriff's department said.
September 11, 2012
The president of a Santa Fe Springs company pleaded guilty Monday to illegally distributing human growth hormone, federal authorities said. David Ji, 50, admitted that his company had distributed a Chinese manufactured drug that contained somatropin -- a human growth hormone product not approved for distribution in the United States. Ji, a businessman from Irvine, pleaded guilty to one felony count of distributing prescription drugs in interstate commerce without a proper license, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
October 14, 2002
REP. DANA ROHRABACHER: "There's got to be some temperance in his remarks." Schipske said she is bothered by Rohrabacher's outspoken and often controversial public statements. She has criticized the congressman for taking trips to Afghanistan, Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries to meet with Taliban and moujahedeen leaders. FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: "We need to commit more resources to public health and communicable diseases." Schipske wants to beef up funding for county hospitals and clinics to eradicate outbreaks of tuberculosis and other diseases.
May 18, 2008
Tragedies abound in the trial of Janene Johns. They are not, however, comparable. The death of 31-year-old Candace Tift is heartbreaking. Tift was riding her bicycle on West Coast Highway when she was struck by Johns in 2006. Tift died of massive head trauma the next day. Tift was a caring, energetic, lovable teacher at Eastbluff Elementary School. A young woman in her prime. For her loved ones, it must seem intolerable. Tift’s mother has endured day after day of Johns’ manslaughter trial, as attorneys show autopsy photos, question medical and forensics experts and frame their arguments.