I think the general public and young people especially have a clue about the dangers of drugs such as heroin, meth, crack cocaine and the like. They see stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears in and out of rehab. They see the tabloids and the paparazzi pictures of late night partying sans panties and the YouTube videos of super models and music stars snorting coke of a mirror.
However, I think they might have missed the memo on the dangers of prescription drugs.
Heath Ledger died because he had a pharmacy of narcotics and over the counter drugs in his system. The drugs included: OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril and Unisom. No word on the concentrations of each drug found in his system, or whether one drug played a greater part than another in causing his death.
“What you’re looking at here is the cumulative effects of these medications together,” said the New York City medical examiner.
No shit, Sherlock…
He also probably had Ambien too since he recently mentioned that it wasn’t working for him. I would think the combo of OxyContin and Vicodin would be enough. I’m not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV, but I can’t imagine there is a viable medical reason for someone to have scripts for all of these medications knowing the potential danger of mixing. Expect an investigation.
Maybe this will be a wake-up call to the dangers of abusing prescription narcotics. I don’t want to read about another star on the horizon who accidentally pissed it all away because they didn’t know the consequences.