JODI BARBER, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF OVERTAKEN AND OVERTAKEN 2 ‘WHERE ARE THEY NOW

jodi barberJodi has been living in Laguna Niguel for 27 years. Married 29 years to her husband, Bill. They have two sons. Jarrod would be turning 25 on August 11, 2015 and Blake is 20. Jarrod was about to finish Saddleback college in 2010. Blake is in his second year there and will transfer to Long Beach State.

Jodi lost her 19-year-old son Jarrod to an accidental prescription drug overdose, as well as 4 of his close friends, 3 in the same year.

Jodi is the Executive Producer of Overtaken, a short documentary that shows across the nation in schools, homes, courtrooms and DUI classes. She has appeared on Dr.Drew, as well as appearances on local television and radio.

The message of HOPE is the focus in Overtaken 2 Where Are They Now? which she produced in 2013. Jodi and her husband are in the documentary, Behind the Orange Curtain, and they share their story in the 4 part series documentary, The Invisible Line, which the City of Mission Viejo produced.

She is an advocate in order to bring change with the passing of laws, one being The Good Samaritan Law. She has been to Sacramento and spoke before the Senate in order to pass the funding bill for CURES. She has also worked with Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and Gil Kerlikowske, in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

She is currently working on SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to check the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing Schedule II and III drugs, like Oxycontin and other opioids, for the first time to a patient, and annually if the course of narcotic treatment continues.

She’s currently on the front lines picking up homeless kids who call for help and placing them into treatment, as well as raising awareness and educating our community.

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