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06 Feb: How prescription medications killed Heath Ledger. Possible prevention?

The report from the medical examiner is in: Heath Ledger died from the “the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” The brand names for the drugs that were in Ledger’s system are OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom and Hydrocodone. To be clear, Ledger didn’t die from an overdose of prescription drugs. He died from Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs) — a fatal reaction to the combination of medications he was taking. As Dr. Kevin Pho of Kevin, M.D. surmises: “Two narcotics, three benzodiazepines, and one sedating antihistamine. If a single physician was responsible for these prescriptions, that’s a serious error in judgment. It is more likely that Mr. Ledger received multiple prescriptions from different physicians around the…