Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To raise awareness for the often untold threat that prescription drugs can pose, particularly to teenagers and young adults, the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse is helping sponsor four free screenings of the documentary, "Behind the Orange Curtain," which delves into the problem of teenage prescription drug abuse in Orange County and other affluent suburban communities.

The group was founded by April Rovero , a San Ramon mom who lost her 21-year old son Joey to an accidental drug overdose in 2009. The film is also being offered to promote Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month, which is this March, and the screenings will include panel discussions with Rovero as well as the film's cast members, including experts, former addicts and their loved ones.

The film will be screened on the following dates:

  • Friday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon.

  • Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Galinas Road, San Rafael,

  • Sunday, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Brenden Theater, 1985 Willow Pass Road, Concord,


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  • Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at Miramonte High School Theater, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda.

    Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/1g8GMwg.

    Contact Joyce Tsai at 925-847-2123. Follow her at Twitter.com/JoyceTsaiNews.