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More Addiction Help Desparately Needed for Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants and Sleeping Aids

Officials have determined that Heath Ledger died of an overdose involving a combination of six prescription drugs – painkillers, tranquilizers and sleeping aids. “We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications,” the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said in a statement. Could addiction help have prevented Heath’s death or was this yet another incident of doctors prescribing drugs without full investigation into which drugs Heath was already taking?

I, for one, would like to be sure there wasn’t one single doctor prescribing all of these medications. Has that been looked into yet? Shouldn’t a doctor or even multiple doctors who are legitimate and prescribing so many medications be held accountable in some way for a person taking so many drugs?

President Bush has made several statements about prescription drug abuse in the past several years – needing addiction help services for prescription drug abuse isn’t new just because the White House ran an ad during the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to find out where all the drugs came from. I am sorry for the Ledger family’s loss and hope that if a doctor or doctors should be held responsible that they are.

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