When I first saw this picture of Heath Ledger as the Joker in an upcoming Batman flick, it reminded me of the anti meth campaign that has run so successfully in Montana.
After reading the results of his autopsy I wonder how he actually looked when found. Something like that? And what was left of his innards? Be sure his brain was fried.
The AP reported his death was due to an "accidental" overdose. A Doctor commenting on the report had this to say, "It defies imagination, at least mine, why the media in the usual lockstep are calling this “an accidental overdose”. There is no way an autopsy can make this call." Excellent point.
The list of drugs that contributed to his "acute intoxication" included painkillers OxyContin and hydrocodone, anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax and sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Who in their right mind would take these in combination? Fried brain?
Another commenter made this observation, "Okay, the list of drugs barely makes it into the grocery store’s express lane. What doctor is prescribing all this? What friends and family are letting him get to this level? If you are not in traction, don’t have cancer, and are suffering from zero terminal diseases, you should *never* have a medicine cabinet like that.
Accidental? Maybe by Ledger. Not by the people around him."
Then again maybe not by Ledger either. A third commenter said, "Oxycontin and Xanax are often stacked together by heroin addicts to achieve a similar high. No accident, this combo is taken on purpose to get the desired effect. Those who can get prescriptions use this method a lot. When they cant they usually turn to the street for heroin. Kind of lets them belive that they’re not really junkies; just taking pain meds. Should look into the scrip mills and dirty Docs that let this thing exist in the first place. Pretty much just shut down his resp. system just like a hot shot of heroin would."
To say that the ingestion of this many drugs was accidental defies conventional wisdom. Every prescription bottle has warnings about dosage and drug interactions on it and on fliers given along with it. If more than one Doctor is sought in order to obtain these drugs, it is not done by chance. It is intentional.
If these drugs are taken in conjunction with one another, that too would be intentional. One doesn't get to this point over night.
I've said it before. The death of anyone just beginning the adventure of life is tragic. To be so self indulgent one brings it upon oneself, however, is not behavior garnering my sympathy.
Crack down on the perscribling Doctors? Absolutely, if you can find them. Just how, though, do you crack down on the users? And, too, how many who really need those drugs can get them?