Heath Ledger Overdose Death Accidental?
I read with utter amazement the New York City medical examiner’s report of the “accidental” overdose death of actor Heath Ledger. The medical examiner’s office reported the cause of death as “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycondone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” Holy shit, what the hell was Heath Ledger thinking when he decided he needed two pain killers, two anti-anxiety drugs and two types of sleeping pills? I just cannot understand how any rationale person could be taking so many types of prescription drugs. I mean this was a healthy 28 year old man. I don’t think he had any serious medical problems. Why would he be taking so many drugs at one time? But the bigger question is what doctor would prescribe such a mix of medicine to someone in the first place. There is no way anyone could safely take so many dangerous medications on a given day. Maybe Mr Ledger was doctor shopping and went to more than one doctor to get so many prescriptions for drugs he probably didn’t need. He also must have had to have gone to more than one pharmacy to have the prescriptions filled. No reputable pharmacist would have filled all those prescriptions without asking a lot of questions. It may also have been possible that he was using drugs that someone else had obtained for him. The bottom line is that he must have known that it was extremely dangerous and unwise to have taken so many drugs at one time. With all that being said, I don’t see how the cause of death could be termed accidental. It was no more accidental than if someone deliberately played Russian Roulette, because that is exactly what Heath Ledger did, with tragic consequences for himself, friends and family and fans. So very sad and so very needless.
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