Celebrity Overdoses 

The list goes on and on.  It is shocking how many people in one single ‘group’ of people have died from drug overdose.  Why is it so hard to be a celebrity?  We can all assume that fame & fortune is not as easy as you think.  We would all love to be famous for a single day.  But, to live a lifetime as an infamous celebrity could be a daunting task.  Celebrities lose all of their privacy.  Reporters follow them around every where they go.  Articles are used to create drama and trash the celebrity whenever possible (because that sells articles).  Lies and other taunts are directed at celebrities in order to get a ‘rise’ out of them which makes great news.  Celebrities definitely have a challenging life despite all the fame & fortune.

But, C’mom…we do not need to sit here and pity any celebrity.  Lets get real!  Celebrities have been given a ‘gift’.  They have been given opportunities and wealth at a level that 99.9% of the rest of us will never, ever see happen in our lives.  They have millions upon millions of dollars.  Finances are never a worry for them while the rest of the country (middle and lower class) struggles to make ends meet month to month and pay their electric bill.  Celebrities are given fame and have their faces and bodies worshiped on television and social media daily.  The Stars are loved and admired by more people than all of you and me have combined!  They have a fantastic over-the-top life to live and enjoy.  This is why it makes it difficult to feel sorry for any celebrity.  This is why it also makes us sick that so many of these highly blessed individuals just throw their fame & fortune away because of drugs and opiates.  They should know better. celebrity overdoses

It is understandable that the ‘normal joe’ who was raised in an abusive family and beaten by his step-father would eventually turn to drugs in order to help him cope with the mental pain.  It is common that addicts who abuse opiates are doing so in order to self medicate and give themselves some relief from the grueling thoughts of sexual abuse they have endured in life.  The majority of opiate drug users have some serious life issues that are the deep-seeded reason behind their drug usage.  Therefore, when we look at celebrities…it becomes pathetic that they turn to opiates and alcohol because they are having a difficult time dealing with the loss of privacy.  Celebrities take drugs because they cannot handle fame & fortune?  That is a piss-poor excuse.

Celebrities have been given the greatest gift that anyone can imagine.  Because of this, they are put in a position where millions of people of all ages look up to them in admiration.  People focus on celebrities and every move they make.  People search magazines and online sites to read any news they can about their admired Star.  In the end, all celebrities have major influence and control over the general public.  Because of this, they have a responsibility to set good examples.  They should be leading people down the right paths.  They should be encouraging their fans to do the right thing and make the right decisions in their life. They are in a position to help change the lives of many people.  But, instead…many of them fail to do this.  They become ‘disgraced celebrities’.  They actually do the opposite and set terrible examples by overdosing on drugs.  This says to the rest of the world: “Hey its normal to take drugs and overdose”.  “Its cool to take drugs, because that is what WE celebrities do”.  Should fans mourn the celebrities they lose to drug overdose?  Or, should fans start holding celebrities accountable and demand that they live to a higher standard because of their position of strong influence?


Here is just a short list:When it comes to drugs, it is disgraceful that so many celebrities with so much talent throw their lives away because they turn to drugs and alcohol.  Nearly ever month we are hearing about another celebrity or musician who has passed away from a drug overdose.  Not that celebrities are immune from addiction, but when you are blessed with such fame & fortune you are also given the mandate to be on your best behavior and be the best example you can be to others.  Celebrities have more reason than anyone to avoid dangerous drugs which could be their downfall.  And, it turns out…many celebrities are having a very difficult time staying away from drugs & alcohol.

Here is just a short list:

  1. Anna Nicole Smith —   Anna Nicole Smith was a famous playmate she was found dead on February 8, 2007 the reason behind from a lethal combination of the sedative chloral hydrate and various benzodiazepines including Valium.
  2. Marilyn Monroe —   Marilyn Monroe, the beauty queen, died because of an overdose of barbiturates.
  3. Michael Jackson —   One of the most shocking news was when Jackson was found died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest .
  4. Whitney Houston — She died due to atherosclerosis heart disease and cocaine use.
  5. Heath Ledger — Probably the most tragic loss for Hollywood. The reason behind his death was overdose of intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, Alprazolam and doxylamine.
  6. Bruce Lee — This martial arts expert died from an allergic reaction to the muscle relaxant
  7. Kurt Cobain — Kurt Cobain died of heroin and diazepam overdose on April 5, 1995.
  8. Jimi Hendrix — He died from an overdose of sleeping pills on September 18, 1970 in London
  9. Philip Seymour Hoffman — He died on February 2, 2014. By “acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine.”
  10. Janis Joplin — Famous singer, Janis Joplin died due to overdose of some very potent heroin.
  11. Cory Monteith — Cory Monteith died due to a mixed drug toxicity consisting of heroin and alcohol – and other drugs like codeine and morphine were also found in his body.
  1. Jim Morrison — Morrison died of a heroin overdose in Paris on July 3, 1971.
  2. Elvis Presley — Presley died due to overdose of an ethinamate, methaqualone, codeine and different barbiturates including amobarbital, pentobarbital and phenobarbital.

Again, these are just a few celebrities who have died from drug over-dose.  There are actually thousands of them.  Are we being too harsh on celebrities by saying that they should be held at a higher standard than the rest of us?  Should we still honor these celebrities who failed to set good examples to their millions of fans?  Do you believe that Hollywood needs to take a greater stand against drug usage when it comes to celebrities and demand that they of all people maintain healthy behavior?  Because it seems like drug abuse is accepted and expected in the lives of celebrities.  When this happens, more people are going to die from drug overdose.

To conclude, we are making a statement that celebrities have been given the stage.  They have the opportunity to do so much good.  Millions of fans look up to them.  They contain amazing influence over millions of fans.  Fans want to dress and talk they celebrities do.  We want to act like they do and mimic their lives.  If a celebrity says “JUMP”, their fans will surely JUMP.  This is exactly why instead of abusing drugs, celebrities should be making a hug effort to warn their fans about drugs.  They have the power and money to start organizations that could bring more awareness to people about the dangers of drugs.  In a day & age where we are in a heroin epidemic and more people are dying than ever before….we should expect these celebrities to do more.

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  1. They deserved what they brought upon themselves – death. The important point here is “brought upon themselves”. The issue of whether they should be held to a higher standard certainly has merit and should be debated further, but they are no different from anyone else that has access to drugs and CHOOSES to use them. The ad on TV appeals to us with “addiction IS a disease” No, it is not. It is a CHOICE. There is no excuse or explanation that can change this. No one that chooses to use drugs has anyone but themselves to blame and frankly, do not deserve heroic measures to save them from their INTENTIONAL overdoses, public assistance, rehabilitation or any expenditure of public funds on their behalf. As children, we’re taught not to put our fingers on the hot stove – there will be consequences. As adults, we’re know not to drink Draino, walk in front of a bus, or put a loaded gun in our mouths and pull the trigger. Yet people do these things. Their intent is clear and obvious – they wish to die. ANYONE that has heard the abundantly clear messages concerning drugs such as heroin, pain killers, etc and still CHOOSES to use them is telling us all the same message. They wish to die. We should make life easier for those of us that wish to live and simply oblige them.

    1. RCR – Thank you for taking the time to read our Posts and comment on our site at http://www.HEROININME.com. Your opinion is valued. The more people we have talking about the Heroin and Pain Pill crisis, the more chance we have to successfully fight this epidemic and learn from it.

      I partially agree with what you are saying and I hear you loud and clear. Many people feel the same way you do when it comes to addicts having a choice to start taking drugs when they know they should not be doing so.

      The question of whether Opiate and Opioid (Heroin and Pain Pills) is a DISEASE OR CHOICE has come up many times on this site and elsewhere. There are varying opinions. After much research and being a RECOVERD Fentnayl addicts myself, I believe this to be true:

      Drug addiction starts out as a CHOICE, but then can become a disease. Addiction in the mind is exactly like any other disease. Furthermore, addiction is genetic. It gets passed down from generation to generation just like cancer can be genetic. Same with alcoholism….it runs in families just like addiction. It CAN be stopped. Families CAN address the issue and stop the cycle.

      Now, as far as placing all the blame on the addict because they chose to start taking drugs in the first place…..might be the situation with some addicts. YES, those who choose to party and take drugs for fun and recreation are getting exactly what they deserve. I agree.

      However, the truth is in the statistics. The real numbers that plot out this opiate epidemic. It is known that 4 out of every 5 Heroin addicts first began taking opioids that were legally prescribed to them from a Doctor. They were legit opioid pain medications for a legit purpose. Then, for whatever reason (genetics, etc.) they became dependent on the opioids and then fully addicted. This is what happened to me.

      I never took recreational drugs and I never CHOSE to take Opiates or Opioids. All I did was what my Doctor ordered. I HAD to take Opioid pain medication because I had a major reconstructive surgery on my shoulder and neck. No, it was not a simple rotator cuff. I had extensive damage to my AC joint, Glenhumoral Points, labrum tears and broken collar bone among other damage. My neck was in bad shape and I then discovered nerve tumors called neuromas. I ended up having 6 different surgeries over a 7 year period of time.

      Needless to day, I was prescribed strong pain meds like Vicodin, OxyContin, and then Fentanyl, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER all surgeries. You cannot properly heal from surgery without taking opioid pain medications.

      Later I learned that addiction does run in my family. My Uncle was a heroin (was/Is) addict. Addiction is in my genes. So, I never asked for addiction and I never chose to take drugs, yet my life nearly ended because of my Fentanyl addiction. It did become a disease for me, but I was able to put a stop to it. I recovered once and for all after 9 long years of a living death. Time after time withdrawaling and then getting back onto opioids. This all landed on my lap and I did NOT choose to become an addict.

      This happens to a lot of people per the statistics. MOST addicts started off similar to myself. Only a small percentage of addicts made the choice to party and take drugs on purpose. The rest of us were following our Doctors orders and we had to take opioids because of a surgery or post-operative, etc.

      I am just telling you another perspective that should be considered. You are typical in your thinking which is fine. But, this is exactly why more people need to be educated about Opiate and Opioid Drug addiction and know the truth about it for the majority of addicts.

      This is the case today. It is no longer just the inner-city thugs and bums who are Heroin addicts. Today, it is your neighbor, friend, family member, co-worker, nurse, attorney or even Doctor who is falling victim to Opioid addiction.

      These are the strongest of all drugs and the most addictive. They change the chemical make-up in your brain and it takes a long, long time to be healed naturally.

      More must be done to spread the truth about opiate addiction and create more help and programs for people. Young people need to be taught.

      I don’t blame Doctors for over prescribing. They are just getting people out of pain. I blame our society, our government and the medical industry as a whole for this crisis.

      Here is the bottom line: In a country with the most amazing technology and advancements coming out daily….it was possible to create a NON-addictive physical pain medication that was similar to Tylenol, yet had the strength of Fentanyl long ago. This could have and should have been done. Instead, the LOBBY and greedy pharma companies went to our government to keep the billions of dollars rolling in and taxes for these dangerous opioid pain medications.

      Today, a college has designed a pain medication that is NON- ADDDICTIVE, but it can be as strong as Fentanyl. If the LOBBY does not stop this heroic medicine from going FDA mainstream, then we will put a stop to Opiate and Opioid addiction as we know it. WE can then get rid of all other opioid prescribed drugs like OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl. All of them can be banned. Less addicts.

      As for Heroin, there will always be a black market and there will always be Heroin addicts. This is not the problem. Thanks for listening. — Matt B.

  2. Great article about Stars and you are right they should be held to a higher standard with all their fame. People of all ages look up to them, yet they are failing us with their drug usage. How can we change this? How can we make them change their ways and take a stand against drug use?

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