Mixing drugs bad even for the young, rich and famous

Hey, folks, mixing prescription drugs can kill you.  In fact, legal drugs are killing more people now than illegal drugs.  In this post , Doug Bremmer, of  Before you take that pill  provides a litany of sad  deaths among the rich and famous due to pharmaceuticals.  

btw, I recommend you add Dr. Bremmer’s blog to your rss reader.  

 

I was listening to the Howard Stern show the other day when I heard Tila Tequila talk about the death of her “wifey”, socialite and Johnson & Johnson family heiress Casey Johnson. I was like, whoa, these celebrities are dropping like flies! What they all have in common is a death related to prescription medications. These are not suicides, either. Often they are taken at prescribed doses. So I thought I would do some more research for a speech I gave at the Emory International Medical Volunteerism Conference this weekend. Casey was taking a string of prescription medications, including Oxycontin, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, and Ativan. She was also using marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, and had diabetes. She died at the age of 31 in the guest house of a friend while her friend was out partying, and she wasn’t found for several days. Actor Heath Ledger died from prescription medications including OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Anna Nicole Smith died at 39 while on choral hydrate, Klonepin, Ativan, Benadryl and Topamax. This occurred just a few months after her son Daniel died from a combination of Zoloft, Lexapro, Serax, Valium, and methadone. Another young actress, Brittany Murphy, died at 33. She had pneumonia, but she got tipped over from her combination of prescribed medications including hydrocodone, acetominophen, methamphetamine, and chlorpheniramal. Here she is:

And then of course there is the death of Michael Jackson, which I wrote about before, another victim of prescription medications.

These drugs include pain medications (Hydrocodone, Oxycontin), benzodiazepine sedatives used for anxiety or insomnia (Valium, Klonepin, Ativan, Serax, Restoril)

Deaths from prescription medications are now more common than deaths from illegal drugs. When is this going to stop?

via Another One Bites the Dust: Celebrity Deaths from Prescription Medications | Before You Take That Pill.

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