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Timeline of Celebrity Prescription Drug Deaths

Posted on August 22, 2013 in Research & News

Throughout the decades, mainstream media have reported on celebrity deaths brought on by drug overdoses. Some of these were attributed to illegal substances such as heroin and cocaine, but in many cases the culprit has been the legal substances: prescription drugs taken under the supervision of a doctor that celebrities over the years had either reacted badly to, abused or misused. Some of these deaths are clearly sudden and unfortunate accidents, while others are the tragic ends to long battles with drug addiction.

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Billie Joe Armstrong Battles Addiction

Posted on July 14, 2013 in Drug Law News

In a tale too often told, another rock star has revealed that his stint in rehab was due to alcohol and prescription pill addiction.

Billie Joe Armstrong, who has enjoyed another round of success following his early 1990s success with punk rock group Green Day, recently revealed that he would use substances to such a degree that he would black out. He said that at times he would awaken in a strange place, unaware of how he got there.

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Amanda Bynes Spirals Out of Control

According to Amanda Bynes, she had a very, very unusual Memorial Day weekend. After “not” smoking pot in the lobby of her apartment building (as reported by one of her neighbors), cops burst into her apartment and she inexplicably threw a “vase” out of the window (later claiming both that she needed air and that it wasn’t a bong), before she was, according to her, sexually harassed by one of the police officers when he, “slapped my vagina.” Officers, again according to Bynes, then fabricated evidence to arrest her and sent her to a mental hospital against her will. As if none of this were bizarre enough, someone (claims Bynes) “hijacked” her Twitter account to insult Rihanna, tweeting, “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.” Seem unlikely? Well, it depends if you think Bynes is being honest, or just making up a series of increasingly unbelievable stories in an effort to cover her drug problems and unpredictable (as well as occasionally baffling) behavior.

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Anthony Kiedis – Post Heroin Addiction: Rocking Harder Than Ever

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Addiction in the Media

As recovering addicts, we need to hear success stories of those who were able to beat drugs and stay clean. Be they friends we know or people in the public eye, all too often drug use ends with the user either behind bars or six feet under. The media doesn’t help. In their quest to shock readers and viewers, they seem more interested in publishing stories about people who battled with drugs and lost, rather than ones who have triumphed over them.

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Josh Hamilton: Baseball’s Golden Boy Lives One Day at a Time

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Recovery

Josh Hamilton is riding high today. The Texas Ranger smacked out a record-setting four home runs and a double in a recent game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Josh Saunders in Rehab But Is He Suspended?

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Research & News

Josh Saunders is just 31 years old and is sitting on top of his game, or he was until recently. The Galaxy goalkeeper signed up for a rehab treatment program aimed at dealing with substance abuse at the beginning of this month.

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Girls Aloud Singer Sarah Harding Entering Drug Rehab

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Alcohol Addiction

There are plenty of rumors abroad about Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding’s recent decision to check herself into a drug rehab facility in the United States. The British group took a break from performing back in 2009 and since that time the separate members have pursued diverse interests. During this time, Ms. Harding earned a reputation for her wild lifestyle. Group members let it be known that a 2012 10th Anniversary reunion was in the works. Not long after the announcement, Sarah Harding headed for drug rehab.

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Melanie Griffith’s Life-Long Battle with Addiction

Posted on September 29, 2011 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Child of a beautiful Hollywood starlet, married to men whose faces grace the covers of grocery store magazines and a movie star in her own right – the life of the rich and famous is full of privilege and advantages. Sometimes those lives are also full of sadness and struggles common to the rest of us. Movie star Melanie Griffith, at least, says that summarizes a large part of her life.

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Boxing Great Oscar De La Hoya Admits Addiction, Stay at Drug Rehab

Posted on September 6, 2011 in Addiction in the Media

Such news shouldn’t surprise us, as it comes quite frequently. Yet it always seems to take us off guard, especially when we hear of a celebrity role-model who’s the latest to admit problems with addiction. When former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya admitted during a recent interview with Spanish-language network Univision that he’d had suicidal thoughts and had been in rehab for dependency on alcohol and drugs, it was just the latest in a much-too-long list of well-known figures who’ve come forward about their addiction.

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Celebrities Use Drugs for Weight Loss

Posted on August 19, 2011 in Stimulants

In an industry where image is everything, many celebrities develop eating disorders in an effort to remain thin and marketable in their field. While a few famous deaths have been connected with eating disorders and drugs used to stay thin, there are many celebrities who quietly struggle for many years.

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