Really? Isn't it interesting that police foundno cocainein her hotel room, yet they found at leastfour different prescription drugs, including "...a plethora of sedatives including Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication that was found in her hotel room," according Radar Online (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/02/drugs-whitney-houston-h...).
Isn't it also interesting that Whitney Houston's family was previously told the cause of death was "a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol," according to TMZ (http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/13/whitney-houston-cause-of-death-prescrip...).
Houston's reported public behavior the night of her death is also entirely consistent with the acknowledged side effects of taking psychiatric drugs. Those side effects include:
• Rage and hostility
• Twitches and tremors
• Mania, agitation
Cocaine is the scapegoat for a far more complex chemical problemThe mainstream media, however, routinely downplays any negative reports about prescription drugs, especially sincethe media gets a huge share of its revenues from drug company advertising. So it's no surprise that the pharmaceuticals are now getting downplayed in the reporting of all this. It's much easier to blame the death on an illicit street drug -- cocaine -- and then use that to further fund the wildly failed "War on Drugs" which fills our nations prisons with completely innocent pot smokers.
What are your thoughts on all this? There's no question that Whitney Houston used cocaine in her life, but does cocaine cause you to pass out and slip quietly under the water? That sounds a lot more to me like a toxic interaction betweenLorazepamand alcohol. Think about it: Cocaine makes people amped up and energetic. But Lorazepam is a downer that can put you right to sleep. PubMed says: "Lorazepam is used to relieve anxiety. Lorazepam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow for relaxation." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000560/)
That same page offers this stern warning: "This medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you."
The side effects of the drug includeirregular heartbeatand drowsiness. Wikipedia's coverage of the drug includes this warning about the drug's side effects:
"Sedation is the side effect that most patients complain of. In a group of around 3500 patients treated for anxiety, the most common side effects complained of from lorazepam were sedation (15.9%), dizziness (6.9%), weakness (4.2%), and unsteadiness (3.4%). Side effects such as sedation and unsteadiness increased with age. Cognitive impairment, behavioral disinhibition and respiratory depression as well as hypotension may also occur." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorazepam#Adverse_effects)