Celebrity Rx Drug Abuse

On this morning’s Today Show, Meredith Vieira hosted a segment on accidental deaths by drug overdoses and the abuses of prescription drugs that have characterized several celebrity deaths over the past few years. The celebrity focus was used to draw attention to statistics her guests (including Julie Holland, see below) cited indicating that 1 in 5 Americans abuse prescription drugs, like Xanax (alprazolam). Alprazolam is in the same class of drugs (benzodiazapines) which are used to treat anxiety disorders (in DJ AM’s case, a justifiable fear of flying).

Benzodiazapines:

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lorazepam midazolam diazepam

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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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