DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
In 1996, the FDA approved and endorsed Perdue Pharmaceutical’s new drug, "Oxycontin" as a non-addictive pain reliever.
Since 1996, the CDC reported 841,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide.
In the 12 months ending in April of 2021, over 103,000 Americans died from a drug overdose.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that Americans 50 years old and younger are more likely to die of a drug overdose than any other cause.
Do you ever wonder why teenagers and even pre-teens now prefer heroin over tobacco and marijuana? Do you wonder how heroin went from a taboo drug to the most abused drug, or how it came out of the shadows and is now everywhere? Prescribed painkillers, heroin, and now deadly Fentanyl are in every neighborhood in the country. Addiction affects everyone.
Why do millions of middle-class and upper-class Americans throw away everything they have and more just to feed their opioid addiction?
Do you wonder how this began, where it came from? What caused this out-of-control opioid pandemic?
What fuels the dynamics of the addicted brain, and is there a solution?
Killing Pain explains in a very personal and brutally honest way how it all began, how easy it is to become addicted to opioids, and what it takes to get clean again. As bad as it is, there is a solution.
Robert Hayward is the Author of two books on addiction: The
Thirteenth Step, One Mans Odyssey of Recovery, and Killing Pain: Understanding the Opioid Pandemic and the American Obsession with Oxycontin,
Heroin, And Other Painkillers. Hayward was born in Southern California and
started drinking and using drugs at age 14, then became a prominent drug
dealer, smuggler, and manufacturer, and an alcoholic and addict for 26 years.
He got sober in 2000, that is the story behind 'The Thirteenth Step'. After 6
years of good sobriety, he was prescribed Oxycontin for pain, and began 6 more
years of hell as an opioid addict. That is the story behind the new book;
He is now been clean for
16 years, has a degree in Drug and Alcohol Studies, is a licensed
Interventionist, Drug counselor in California: CCAPP, CADC-1, and Washington
State Substance Abuse Counselor, where he now runs the Wellbriety Recovery
Program for the Spokane Indian Tribe. Married for 40 years, he has 3 children
and 4 grandchildren. Hayward wrote Killing Pain to expose the origins of this
current opioid pandemic and takes the reader through his own personal hell as
an opioid addict. How bad it got, the insanity of getting clean, and how
Recovery Is Possible. His book allows everyone to experience addiction, how
miserable it is, and how it can be overcome.