The epidemic of abusing prescription drugs is most likely involved in claiming another life now that Whitney Houston has died on February 11, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
A talented singer and actress, she was beloved by millions, but still, with all of her fame and money, she wasn’t able to get the help she needed to avoid a tragic end.
Her death was not a stunning event considering her public troubles with abusing drugs over the years. But at the same time, many were in shock when they heard the news. Although a tragic loss to her family, friends and many fans, hopefully the the notoriety of her passing will help bring more light to the issue of prescription drug abuse.
Xanax Abuse Implicated in Houston’s Death
Houston’s many years abusing a variety of drugs finally took it’s toll. Although an official cause of death hasn’t been released yet, the early reports show that she was taking Xanax and was drinking alcohol the night of her death. Mixing alcohol and Xanax is like playing Russian Roulette. Every time you do it, you spin the cylinder and pull the trigger. Often you will make it, but it only takes that one time to end in tragedy.
Nobody knows every kind of illegal and legal drug Whitney Houston ever used, prescription drugs of a variety were found in her hotel room the day she died. A total of six different kinds of prescription medicine, including the Xanax her relatives say she was taking that night. If she was taking some of the other drugs as well, it would have been like adding a bullet to the gun. But unfortunately, that is the the path she was on. Heading toward destruction rather than a path of healing.
Whitney Houston had a voice you would recognize the second a song of hers came on the radio. With 170 million albums, singles and videos sold and 411 awards, Whitney Houston was the number one female recording artist of all time. Who knows just how far she would have gone if not for doing drugs or if she had gone into rehab years ago and stayed in the program.
Unfortunately it appears she may have fallen into the trap of thinking that since she was off of illegal drugs, she was “clean”. But as we know, prescription drugs can be just as deadly when they are abused and mixed with alcohol.