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Also, kids, drugs should be exercised, not abused.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 6, 2008 8:02 AM

But but but...prescription medications are suppsed to be safe right? right? I mean they have all those ads on TV???

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | February 6, 2008 8:04 AM

Poor Heath. Have we as a society learned nothing from the senseless death of Judy Garland at the hands of Drug Mixing?

Posted by Michigan Matt | February 6, 2008 8:09 AM

I know, eh? Two different pain killers. Two different anxiolytics. Two different hypnotics.

Sounds like poor Heath was spinnin' the ol' wheel-o'-fortune.

Posted by Bauhaus | February 6, 2008 8:50 AM

who's writing SIX scrips? if its one doctor, they should have to answer some questions.

my shrink won't write me ANYTHING.

Posted by max solomon | February 6, 2008 8:54 AM

Crazy kids. What ever happened to good ol' speedballs?

Posted by J.R. | February 6, 2008 9:11 AM

holy jeez! That is some cocktail. Good thing REALLY dangerous drugs like marijuana are illegal....

Posted by Mike in MO | February 6, 2008 9:18 AM

This just pisses me off!! the new addiciton is perscribiton medication because STUPID doctors who do not understand anything about addiction get people hooked. and then people who think it's okay to take because "THE DOCTOR PERSCRIBED THEM" end up getting addicted! I work in the addiciton field and the new addiciton walking into my agency are the perscribition addictions! I can go on and on but I won't. So people, just because the doctor perscribes it does not mean he knows what he is doing! ADVOCATE for YOURSELF! Ask why he is perscribing it and what kind of affect will it have on you. Doctors are not GOD and do NOT DO NOT know it all! Even though some think they are! I can go on and on but won't, Danny will just get mad at me! lol

And oh yea, I know that people doctor hope too, so I know it's not all the doctors! But if they new more about addcition they could ask some different questions or know what to look for!

Posted by LauraS | February 6, 2008 10:26 AM

There are doctors who will write all the prescriptions you want for the chance to mingle with movie stars.

Posted by Fnarf | February 6, 2008 10:36 AM

Doesn't seem like an accident to me...

Posted by Hal | February 6, 2008 10:56 AM

It stands to reason that, if you can get your hands on copious amounts of potent illegal drugs, you can get your hands on copious amounts of legal (albeit regulated) drugs.

Posted by keshmeshi | February 6, 2008 11:03 AM
Posted by hyperlinker | February 6, 2008 11:04 AM

Rx drugs are the wealthy & white people's way of having addictions. Rush L. is essentially a heroin addict, but because his fix came in pill form, it's just "substance abuse" or some misunderstanding. Pills lull people into addictions by thinking they are just taking "medicine". It's less shocking to the conscience than tying off & shooting up.

And yes, doctors do prescribe WAY too many drugs without valid medical reasons. Their primary goal is to get the PharmCo sales rep to give him/her the best kickbacks for a high volume of use. And the doctor almost has to be in Big Pharma's pocket, as he/she is being bled dry by Big Insurance.

Posted by Sir Vic | February 6, 2008 11:10 AM

It's not like Ledger took all the drugs at once in a big ol' handful. Accidental overdose usually occurs when a person takes several different medications over a period of time - frequently in a 24hr period, not realizing that even they stop feeling the effects of the drug as strongly that it is still in their system.

When someone is suffering from sleep deprivation and/or jet-lag, they may not be thinking clearly and take medications too close together, not realizing that they are taking to many medications.

It's quite common for doctors to prescribe multiple medications to people to address various maladies. One drug might not work as well as anticipated, thus another drug is prescribed. It is then entirely up to the patient to stop taking the first drug. If the doctor doesn't know about the first drug, they may not know to warn them.

Also prescription drug interactions with OTC's are rarely addressed.

Posted by dewsterling | February 6, 2008 11:11 AM

A three way (or "triple lindy") is as far as one should go. A six-way courts death, obviously. Harsh toke.

Posted by bronkitis | February 6, 2008 11:52 AM


Rx drug addictions aren't just for the wealthy & white.

I worked with an attorney's office for awhile helping worker's comp claimants get their health benefits and met plenty of poor white/black/hispanic/asian addicts.

Posted by pain | February 6, 2008 12:57 PM

Agreed. Not *only* for wealthy & white, but Rx drugs are the way for the wealthy & white to be addicts while thinking they are better than the snorters & shooters.
Addiction is all about lack of self-control, and that happens to all kinds of people.

Posted by Sir Vic | February 6, 2008 2:03 PM

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