From the 1960’s until several weeks ago the world has seen many celebrities die from the abuse of drugs. However the number one killer drug is not heroin or cocaine or methamphetamine, it a group of drugs that are marketed and promoted as safe; it is prescription drugs.
Starting with Marilyn Monroe in 1960, the abuse of prescriptions among celebrities has been prevalent. Just in the last few years we have lost Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, and just recently Whitney Houston.
Some of the most commonly abused drugs have been an anti-anxiety medication called Xanax as well as several prescription painkillers such as Oxy Contin, Vicoden and hydrocodone. Others also include methadone (ironically used to “treat” addiction) and several different types of sleeping aids.
The deaths of celebrities have been untimely and the problem prevalent in Hollywood as well as other parts of the country.
Most Abused Celebrity Drugs Explained
Celebrities abusing drugs are not unlike any other person who struggles with an abuse problem. There are three categories of drugs based on those stated above that celebrities are most commonly abusing. They are as follows:
Opioid Drugs or Prescription Pain Medications – These are drugs like Oxy Contin, Vicoden, hydrocodone, oxycodone and Percocet. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse after marijuana, prescription drugs are the most commonly used drugs in America. Over 5 million people abuse prescription pain pills on a regular basis and this includes 1 in 12 high school students who are abusing Oxy Contin alone. Celebrities like Heath Ledger were using primarily opioid drugs.
Benzodiazepine Drugs – Xanax is one of the primary drugs of abuse among celebrities and is considered an anti-psychotic drug used to treat anxiety. Xanax is the fifth most prescribed drug in the United States and accounted for over 500 deaths in the state of Florida alone. The drug carries many side effects with it for those taking it including nightmares, depression, difficulty with coordination, nausea, trouble breathing, dizziness, drowsiness and blurred vision. The withdrawal effects are also severe and include sweating, severe depression, body aches, nausea, suppressed appetite, muscle aches and headaches as well as risk of seizure and even death. Several celebrities have reportedly used Xanax.
In addition to Xanax, many are also abusing another benzodiazepine; sleeping pills. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that nearly half a million people are addicted to sleeping pills or sedatives.
Replacement Drugs – Drugs like methadone and Suboxone are also responsible for the death of those that have used them. Many have mixed the drugs with other substances. Some have overdosed on these replacement medications. Rob Pilatus from Milli Vanilli died from an overdose of methadone that he was using to supposedly treat an addiction.
Narconon Rehab Has Seen Devastation Of Celebrities on Drugs
Narconon rehab, a long term residential drug treatment program has seen a huge number of people seeking help for prescription drugs; including celebrities who have struggled with this type of addiction. Other rehabs across the country are seeing similar trends, through NA meetings, outpatient treatment and other centers across the United States.
Narconon rehab specializes in prescription treatment achieving a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety from the drug. All addiction problems, including celebrities on drugs should be treated with the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality. Though the number of prescriptions given to celebrities has been a problem that the public has had to watch for many years, recovery is fully possible with the right type of treatment that does not involve giving an already addicted person additional drugs to recover.
For more information on Narconon rehab call Narconon Vista Bay today at 800-874-3197.