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Brittany Murphy's Untimely Death – Could It Have Been Prevented?

On February 4th, the news of how Brittany Murphy died was released. It was ruled “accidental”, but drugs were involved and partly to blame. The bright, young Hollywood star was ill with pneumonia and anemia and was self medicating with a combination of prescription and over the counter medications, which caused her death on December 20, 2009. According to the coroner, if she had gone to the doctor rather than trying to treat herself, she most likely would still be alive today.

It seems all too common, not only in Hollywood, but all over the world for people to be taking medications that either aren’t prescribed to them or that are prescribed by multiple doctors who have no idea that the patient is receiving medications elsewhere. This is a practice known as “doctor shopping”.

Although doctor shopping may not be the case in Brittany’s untimely death, there were prescriptions found in her room that weren’t prescribed to her. And, as it turns out, she chose a lethal combination of prescription drugs.

What’s really heartbreaking about this whole story is that Brittany would most likely still be alive today if she had not taken those drugs and gone to the doctor to receive proper treatment for her illnesses.

While pneumonia and anemia are serious issues, they can almost always be treated by a medical professional.

Hopefully this can be a learning experience and a wake up call to those individuals out there who decide to take it upon themselves to diagnose and treat their own illnesses with other people’s prescription drugs. It’s not smart, it’s not safe and you could wind up losing your life or a loved one. If you have a prescription drug problem get addiction help now.

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