NATALIE COSTA Producer Natalie Costa has made her presence known with her notable film Behind the Orange Curtain. Awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival in NYC, this eye-opening film unveils the harsh reality of the prescription drug epidemic that has taken the lives of hundreds of young adults within the affluent Orange County, California, community. Inspired by the tragic loss of her daughter’s childhood friend to a drug overdose, Natalie felt parents and their children needed a wake-up call. Thus the two-year journey of making Behind the Orange Curtain began.
In 2010, Natalie teamed up with film director and acting coach Brent Huff to make the documentary. Her primary goal in making this film was to raise awareness of the drug epidemic, which targets every social and economic demographic. She incorporates firsthand accounts from parents and siblings, CEOs of companies, pastors, first responders, fire captains, physicians, interventionists, sober living facilities, and the DEA and coroner’s offices, all of whom have either lost loved ones to drug addiction or dealt with the epidemic head-on.
Behind the Orange Curtain has circled the globe, been translated into several languages, and has been shown in schools across the country during Red Ribbon Week.
“I believe if parents knew the opioid prescribed for their child’s wisdom-tooth extraction could cause dependence and addiction, they might opt for a different mode of pain management. If they knew how addictive ADD/ADHD medication could be, and that it can have negative long-term side effects, they might explore alternative medications. If they fully understood, parents and patients could make educated choices in pain management.
“Informed consent is vital to patient safety. Every doctor’s office, hospital and care facility must give every patient, their parent, guardian or caretaker clearly printed material and concise labeling on the prescribed medication, contraindications and addiction potential. Until such time as that occurs, the public can at least avail themselves of the information available to them. The FDA MedGuides are a good solution to achieve that, as they are available online.”