Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Whitney Houston’s Death May Be Linked To Prescription Drugs [AUDIO]

Valerie Macon, Getty Images

Law enforcement sources say several prescription drugs were found in Whitney Houston’s hotel room and TMZ is reporting that the singer died from what appears to be a combination of mixing xanax with alcohol.

Steve Liga, executive director of the the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Middlesex County says celebrity deaths may bring attention to the rising problem of prescription drug abuse.

“Its more and more high profile like we’re seeing…these are people that folks knew well and respected and it can happen to anybody if it can happen to them.”

Officials said its too soon to say whether the medications discovered in her room played any role in the singer’s death.

“These days deaths from illegal drugs are not as common as deaths from prescription drugs…its something that is on the rise because people think that if its prescribed by a doctor then it must be safe…and it if the person is depressed it can make it that much worse” said Liga.

Given Houston’s history of prior addiction, Liga says her untimely death still has the world talking about the epidemic of addiction and drugs and that’s a good thing.

“I think that there will be an increased awareness among doctors when they give a prescription to someone…and I think that over time they will become a lot more careful about what they write out….but something needs to be done here.”

If drugs were a factor in her death, you can add Houston to a long list of celebs who have died from prescription drug use. Others include Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger.

Houston’s body was flown back to New Jersey Monday night, where a funeral is tentatively planned for Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!