Danny Gans’ Death a Side Effect of Rx Pain Meds

Clark County (Nevada) Coroner Michael Murphy has concluded that Danny Gans’ sudden death was due to an adverse side effect of a prescription medication (Dilaudid) he was taking for chronic back pain. Dilaudid (generic name: hydromorphone) can cause respiratory depression (decreased ability to breath).

Dr. Murphy ruled out drug abuse but Dilaudid is one of a class of opioid analgesics (painkillers) that are often abused and can lead to addiction.


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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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