Francine Hahn Haight, RN
Founder of Ryan's Cause: Reaching Youths Abusing Narcotics
BS in Nursing, Arizona State University
Francine Hahn Haight received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University. She is a Registered Nurse with work experience in Medical Intensive Care (ICU) Surgical ICU, CCU, Emergency Room, Operating Room and Public Health, and is the Founder of Ryan's Cause (Reaching Youths Abusing Narcotics). She is mother of three children and after she found her son, Ryan, had died from an overdose of prescription drugs purchased from the Internet, she made it her goal to reach out and work to prevent this from happening to others. Francine has told her story to numerous local and national news stations, television programs including Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Montel Williams, magazines including Reader’s Digest and Family Circle, and local and national news papers including the Washington Post and USA Today to help educate and bring more awareness to the public the dangers of sales of drugs on the Internet. Her most recent participation was with E Entertainment where she told her story on a documentary called “Online Nightmares”. Ryan’s story was also mentioned in the HBO 14–part series called Addiction.
June 17, 2004 — She testified before the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations after the introduction of the Ryan Haight Act by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Norm Coleman. In November of 2008, the Bill was finally passed.