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06 February 2008 @ 10:04 am
So after all the rumors  
about Heath Ledger returning to a drug addictive lifestyle, the official report indicates that in his desperation to finally get some sleep, he took his prescription drugs all together in a lethal combination. Anxiety meds, sleep meds, and pain meds together can really suppress your breathing center. A lot of people don't understand that drugs are not safe just because they are prescribed--that when combined they can have effects you didn't intend.

But then, after a long period of insomnia, who is thinking clearly?
 
 
 
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 7th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
This is just horrible all around.
Tapatitapati on February 7th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Yes, such a senseless accident and now his daughter is growing up without him and he didn't get to do the work he was clearly capable of doing in his career. By all accounts he was a devoted father.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 7th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
That anon comment was me. Preston had me logged out again.
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on February 7th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
:(
Prescription is not synonymous with harmless.

Then, neither is insomnia.

It just makes me think he was needing help that he just was not getting. Even money and fame cannot buy everything you need.

There is a lesson in there somewhere.
Tapatitapati on February 7th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
Re: :(
I bet more than one doc told him he needed to address his work stress, apparently playing the Joker had really done a number on his head and caused insomnia over a long period of time, then he went straight into another complicated role in London.

I hope that this highlights the dangers of these drugs and why one needs to inform docs of everything one is taking.
squirrelboilersquirrelboiler on February 7th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
And a word with the good doctor....
I don't know about down there, but up here all your prescriptions are on the computer and a pharmacist WILL double check if you are being prescribed that bitch's brew of stuff he was. What was the doctor thinking? Oi! It's almost impossible to overdose on Benzo's, but Oxycontin together with a strong antihistamine is just stupid. So, who was prescribing this?

Illgrace
Tapatitapati on February 7th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
Re: And a word with the good doctor....
Yeah, I was thinking about that. No such information was given in the initial CNN article about the final toxicology results. I suspect that one of the problems with film stars is that they move around from film location to film location, and they probably end up seeing more than one doctor on more than one continent. He was working in London just before he died. Now everyone should be cool and carry around a list of their other meds like I do ;) but he was young and thought he was immortal like most guys in their twenties and probably didn't. So I doubt there was anyone who could tell him how dangerous it was to take any of those meds together, much less all of them.

For those who say it was suicide, I'd say no note plus he didn't take much of any one drug, even though he had more in the bottles.

Just a tragic accident. I bet he took one thing, couldn't get to sleep, then took another and another, getting groggier as time passed and less and less able to think about the consequences. Poor guy just wanted to sleep...I know well the desperation of insomnia.

Maybe this case will help docs get the word out about these drugs and how careful one must be.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on February 7th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: And a word with the good doctor....
, but up here all your prescriptions are on the computer and a pharmacist WILL double check if you are being prescribed that bitch's brew

That just doesn't happen down here.