April Rovero didn't know if anyone would be held responsible for the death of her son.
She wasn't in the loop into the investigation of Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, who allegedly sold her son, Joey Rovero, prescription drugs on Dec. 9, 2009. Nine days later, Rovero popped some Xanax and Oxycodone, went to sleep and didn't wake up.
But last week, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for Joey's death along with two others.
"We are pleased action has been taken against this doctor and she can't harm anyone else again," Rovero said. "We are relieved but anxious how the trial will go. It does bring everything back to the surface. We still think about Joey every day, but this reminds us of the terrible, ugly stuff. It's very emotional."
Rovero said part of containing prescription drug abuse is to hold doctors responsible. She said some doctors play a role in the abuse of prescription drugs, handing out drugs people don't need to make money from insurance companies.
"This isn't the right way to practice medicine," Rovero said. "They sign an oath to do no harm, so they can't just give these drugs out so randomly."
Since Joey's death, Rovero has started the National Coalition Against Perscription Drug Abuse, which mission is to increase nationwide awareness around the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
The organization is hoping to make March National Perscription Drug Awareness month. Locally, the NCAPDA has scheduled a number of events in the San Ramon Valley this month to raise awareness.
At on Wednesday and on Thursday, the Danville Police Department, San Ramon Valley Unified School District and NCAPDA will present a multimedia presentation depicting at-risk social trends in today's schools.
On March 30 and 31, , where Joey graduated, will host a play about a football player who suffers from prescription drug abuse after an injury. The play is written by Zach Stalcup and directed by Tom Ash, who are both Cal High seniors.