This combination of drugs could cause the brain and brain stem to "fall asleep," halting heart and lung function.
Oxycodone -- narcotic/painkiller; trade names: OxyContin, Percodan Hydrocodone -- narcotic/painkiller; trade name (combined with acetaminophen): Vicodin Diazepam -- anti-anxiety drug; trade name: Valium Alprazolam -- anti-anxiety drug; trade name: Xanax Doxylamine -- sleep medication; trade name: Unisom Temazepam -- sleep medication; trade name: Restoril
Read the entire CNN article here.
plez sez: i feel sorry for his family & friends, the glare of the hollywood scene can be a bit much for celebrities. couple that with a mysterious death of an otherwise healthy individual and you have fodder for 2 months of teasers on Entertainment Tonight.
but how is injesting SIX different powerful narcotics accidental? i've had vicodin after a minor surgery and that *ISH* will knock you the F**K OUT! after taking one, i was out within minutes and i would be asleep for 3 to 4 hours.
i don't know heath ledger, except for what i've seen on the nightly news: i haven't seen any of his movies, and i imagine he was an alright fellow... but this story doesn't jive with me. to my way of thinking, if you take a lethal dose of SIX powerful narcotics and anti-depressants, you ain't expecting to wake up - that is no accident. and i should know, i have a good friend who attempted suicide when we were in college - he didn't take the whole bottle, he took enough to where he thought that he wouldn't wake up... and he was SHOCKED when he woke up the next day! to me, it looks like ledger had a more successful go at it.