Celebrities are associated with fame and glamour. However, the lows that hit their life, including their dependence on some addictive substance cannot be ignored. The fact that some of the personalities have either confessed their love for some particular pain reliever or have checked into a rehab to rid themselves of the vicious cycle of addiction slowly eating into their lives has forced one to think of the opioid addiction problem the United States is facing.
Celebrities are often looked upon as trendsetters in matters of oomph and style that most of the common people love to emulate and follow. While their quintessential grandeur followed by their personal stories of rising from rags to riches may inspire most people, news of their battle against addiction attracts the attention of the society, coercing people to think as to what might have gone wrong in their lives. Opioid addiction stems from the tendency to overdose or misuse them to get “high” or to manage any acute and prolonged pain.
Here is a list of celebrities, who hogged the limelight for their opioid dependence:
- Carrie Fisher: Writer and actor Carrie Fisher, known for her role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, was also famous for prolonged addiction to analgesics. A notable writer whose literary works hit The New York Times bestseller list, Fisher struggled with her addiction which stemmed largely from her bipolar disorder problem. It took decades for her to recover even as she tried all kinds of therapies to deal with the stress of fame or the pressure of holding on to her life desperately.
- Anna Nicole Smith: Obsession with pills and addiction to opioids took the young celebrity model’s life. Doctors who tried to wean off her dependence on prescription drugs during her pregnancy reported her to be uncooperative and hostile. On Feb. 8, 2007, Smith breathed her last at a hotel room in Florida. Investigations spanning over six weeks coupled with a detailed autopsy over six weeks revealed that she died due to the combined impact of nine different prescription medicines.
- Michael Jackson: Painkillers found their way into the life of King of Pop Michael Jackson and over time, he took them in large doses to get relief from his constant feeling of pain and stress. After the accident in 1984 where Jackson’s hair caught fire during the filming of the Pepsi commercial, the popular musician and singer started taking prescription medications in an on and off basis.
The initial prescriptions were made to provide relief for the pain he suffered due to burns on his scalp, but doctors failed to realize that this was just the beginning of his lifelong dependence on opioids. Though Jackson sought the necessary help to get rid of the cravings for pain relievers, his second accident in 1993 prompted him to use pain relievers again which pushed him towards addiction to Demerol.
It is America vs. opioids now
The exertion by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on December 8, 2016 regarding the spikes in the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2015 is forcing doctors in America to rethink on the validity of prescription opioids for pain. The fact that opioid overdose kills more Americans than road accidents has made it imperative to look at the looming opioid epidemic as a threat that needs to be tackled with urgency.
If you or a loved one is addicted to prescription drugs and is seeking help, contact the Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline for finding the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in U.S.A. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-450-1557 or chat online with our representatives to know about the most reputable and comprehensive prescription drug abuse treatment centers.
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