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Rod Colvin's 35-year-old brother, Randy, died as a result of his long term addiction to prescription drugs. The loss of his brother became a defining moment in his life. The event was the motivating force behind is decision to write Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction, a comprehensive resource with information, advise, and inspiration for prescription drug addicts and those who love them.

Colvin has spoken on the subject of prescription drug abuse to civic and professional groups across the nation. He has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC; has appeared on numerous other radio and television programs; and has been interviewed for articles in Redbook and Family Circle magazines and newspapers across the country.

From 2003 to 2005, Colvin served on an advisory commission to the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University , New York, which conducted a landmark study on prescription drug addiction. The report, Under the Counter: The Diversion and Abuse of Prescription Drugs in the United States, is available at

Colvin is also the founder and publisher of Addicus Books, an independent publishing house based in Omaha, Nebraska, whose focus is consumer health books. He has written two previous nonfiction books, Evil Harvest (Bantam Books, 1992), the true story of a white supremacist murder in America ’s heartland, and First Heroes (Irvington Publishers, 1987), an investigation into the fate of POWs possibly left behind in Vietnam. He is a former broadcast journalist and a producer of radio and television documentaries.

Colvin holds a bachelor of arts degree from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and a master of science degree in counseling psychology from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.

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