Whitney Houston's accidental drowning death has contributing factors linked to cocaine use, and atherosclerotic heart disease the Los Angeles County Coroner's autopsy preliminary report said Thursday March 3rd, 2012.
According to clickondetroit.com, "The toxicology tests found other drugs in her body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl, the report said." However, the coroner said these drugs did not play a factor in her death.
"Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey says cocaine and its byproducts were found in Houston's system, and it was listed as a contributing factor in her death," reported wonderwall.msn.com.
However, marijuana has relaxing effects, Xanax is a central nervous system depressant, Flexeril is a muscle relaxant, and Benadryl, an antihistamine, also has calming effects. The combination of these drugs acting within an already weakened body would seem to be an overload, especially with the presence of cocaine in her system. It has also been reported that Whitney was drinking alcohol the night before according to tmz.com
The unfortunate death of another star is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to substance abuse. Young people, and adults all over America, 20+ million, are caught up in the nightmare of drug abuse, especially prescription drugs, and opiates in particular.
In Michigan, and Detroit, the supply, and demand-side of drugs have not abated. Prescription drug abuse is rampant, and heroin has made a comeback. Recently, 69 kilos of heroin were seized in Oakland County along with cocaine, and a half-million dollars.
We are losing a large part of our young people to drugs, and while funding dries up for drug treatment centers, people in need of treatment have no where to go but jail, institutions, or worse, death.
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana issues contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center, or greentreesdetroit.com, phone number: (313) 967-9999, or (248) 677-2888.