Celebrity Drug Addicts: Chris Cornell Death One of Many Tragedies

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By | 2017-06-06T09:54:57+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

Many celebrity drug addicts have lost their life to addiction. Learn how to break free from drug and alcohol addiction

You may have heard about Chris Cornell’s (the famous singer/rock star of Soundgarden) apparent suicide in recent days. Cornell had returned to his hotel room after doing Soundgarden’s Detroit concert and allegedly took two Ativan pills, prescribed to him to treat anxiety. During a phone call with his wife, Vicky, she noticed he was slurring his words and didn’t seem right, so she called his bodyguard to check up on him. The bodyguard Martin Kirsten found Cornell dead with an exercise band around his neck. The Chris Cornell death is just another of the many deaths occurring with celebrity drug addicts. Cornell’s wife believes that his death was the result of the effects caused by the drug Ativan, which can cause suicidal thoughts and acts.

Ativan is a sedative that depresses the central nervous system and slows down brain neurotransmission. Some Ativan addiction signs include:

  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts and acts
  • Psychosis, delusions, hostility, violent behavior
  • Memory creation impairment, and memory recall impairment
  • Depressed respiratory system, anterograde amnesia
  • Difficulty walking, slurred speech

Many celebrity overdoses involve drug abuse and addiction, such as:

  • Superstar Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
  • Renowned pop legend Michael Jackson died from profopol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
  • The beautiful Whitney Houston died from cocaine, heart disease, and drowning.
  • Heath Ledger died from acute intoxication of hydrocodone, oxycodone, Temazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam, and Doxylamine.
  • The late, great Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose.
  • The 60’s rock star Jimi Hendrix died of barbiturate intoxication.

And the list of celebrity overdoses, which are too many to mention here, goes on and on. The Chris Cornell death is just the latest in a continuing trend of drug abuse and addiction by celebrity drug addicts. To recognize the dangers of abusing prescription and illicit drugs, we must know what the adverse effects of the drugs are:

  1. Hydrocodone
  • Nausea, vomiting, liver disease, liver failure, cognitive impairment, respiratory system failure,
  • Confusion, anger, anxiety, depression, psychosis
  • Seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, death
  1. Oxycodone
  • Sedation, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, weakness
  • Mood swings, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Seizures, postural hypotension, respiratory failure, overdose, death
  1. Heroin
  • Depressed heart rate and respiration, lack of oxygen to the brain, heart problems
  • Kidney or liver damage, malnutrition, heart valve infection, decreased libido and sexual functioning
  • Coma, death
  1. Benzodiazepines
  • Cognitive and neurological impairment, lack of coordination, weakness
  • Confusion, slurred speech, tremors,
  • Behavioral changes, depersonalization, hypersensitivity, anxiety, depression
  • Psychosis, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and acts
  • Difficulty breathing, coma
  1. Barbiturates
  • Slurred speech, drunken behavior, impaired breathing
  • Lethargy, poor coordination, impaired concentration and judgment, staggering, stumbling
  • Extreme sleepiness, lack of motivation
  • Mood swings, irritability, depression, agitation
  • Coma, death

The Chris Cornell death is an example of what can happen to anyone who abuses drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate and can negatively affect anyone and their family. By bringing awareness to the general public of the dangers of these drugs, we may be able to curb some of the tragic, and often accidental, overdose deaths. There is just so much abuse a body can handle before it begins to shut down from the adverse effects of drug or alcohol toxicity. We must also remember that some of these drugs change our brain chemistry and can create suicidal thoughts and acts.

Celebrity overdoses should be a wake up call to all of us to be more diligent of what type of prescription medications we are taking, and if we are abusing our body with alcohol and drugs. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction there is help available at drug treatment centers, where the medical staff can help you recover from addiction, and learn how to remain sober.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Tampa at (877) 640-7820. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
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