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One Year Later, Has Heath Ledger’s Death Exposed the Growing Problem with Prescription Drug Abuse?

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It has been just over a year that actor Heath Ledger was found dead in an apartment in Manhattan. According to sources, the prescription drugs found in Heath Ledger’s apartment were: Zopiclone, Diazepam, Lormetazepam, Temazepam, Alprazolam and Donormyl. Zopiclone, sold in the U.S. as Lunesta, is used to control insomnia. Diazepam is marketed as Valium, and is used as a sedative and to help insomnia. Loremtazepam is sold in the U.K. for treatment of severe insomnia. Temazepam, which may be known to some under the brand name Restoril, is a strong sedative and helps induce sleep. Alprazolam is known by its trade name Xanax and is used for anxiety and panic attacks. Donormyl is a drug made in France that is used for severe insomnia.

Every drug in the list has addictive properties. Some are widely abused in the U.S. or Europe. Side effects from these drugs include agitation, loss of memory, confusion and respiratory depression. The only good that may come from Heath Ledger’s tragic death is that it may have exposed the ever-growing problem with prescription drug use in the United States.

Overuse of prescription drugs, whether accidental or intentional, can result in catastrophe. In 2006, seven million Americans ages 12 and older were current abusers of prescription drugs and over two million people started abusing of prescription drugs, more than any other category.

If you think that you have a problem with prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol or gambling, check out the online recovery community, www.InTheRooms.com.

Written by Daniel

March 11, 2009 at 9:16 am

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