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  • Burning Man Turns 30: The Joys, Pitfalls (and Drugs) of Hollywood's "Vacation for the Soul"

    08/26/2016 9:16:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 8/26/2016 | Degen Pener
    Burning Man, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has grown from a tiny summer solstice bonfire gathering on the beach in 1986 near San Francisco to such a powerful cultural phenomenon that no less than President Barack Obama name-checked it at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April. His 18-year-old daughter, Malia, he joked, isn't allowed to go. Running this year from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, Burning Man — where attendees include Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, iHeartMedia chairman Bob Pittman, director Chris Weitz (who met and married his wife, Mercedes Martinez, there) and...
  • New York City drug overdose deaths up 73% over last five years, with heroin claiming the most…[tr]

    08/13/2016 10:49:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 5:41 PM | Erin Durkin
    The number of drug overdose deaths has soared by 73% in the city over the last five years, data released Tuesday by the Health Department show. There were 937 accidental fatal ODs in 2015 — up from 800 the year before, and from 541 in 2010. The rate of people dying from drug overdoses jumped for the fifth-straight year, to 13.6 for every 100,000 residents — a 66% jump from 2010. …
  • Official says Prince died of opioid overdose

    06/02/2016 9:29:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Tribune News Services
    law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
  • Massachusetts governor chokes up at painkiller bill signing

    03/14/2016 7:52:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 2:56 PM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    An emotional Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed what he called the most comprehensive law in the nation to combat an opioid addiction scourge, including a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opiate painkillers. The Republican governor struggled to maintain his composure while recalling families he had met — some standing behind him at the Statehouse ceremony — who had lost loved ones to a “deadly, merciless epidemic” and others who were desperately seeking help for a family member. In recent years, the opiate-abuse epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in Massachusetts. The law, which was given final approval by...
  • Scott Weiland, Former Stone Temple Pilots Singer, Dead at 48

    12/04/2015 1:25:29 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 31 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 12/4/2015 | Kory Grow
    Scott Weiland, the dynamic stage presence and instantly recognizable voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48. Weiland's manager confirmed the news to Rolling Stone. The details surrounding the singer's death will be released Friday
  • Scott Weiland Found Dead on Tour Bus

    12/03/2015 10:39:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies ^ | December 4, 2015 | Chad Childers
    There’s absolutely tragic news to report as former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland died Thursday night (Dec. 3) at the age of 48. The news has been confirmed with an official statement posted on the rocker’s social media sites.
  • I took 35 Viagra after a two-day benderEXCLUSIVE: ...and had a hard time in hospital

    09/20/2015 3:34:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 78 replies
    The Sun ^ | 2015-09-13 | CAROL COOPER
    I took 35 Viagra after a two-day bender EXCLUSIVE: ...and had a hard time in hospital DOZY Daniel Medforth ended up in hospital after necking 35 Viagra in an hour, giving him a five-day erection. [....] An overdose can cause chest pain, nausea, a racing pulse, and fainting from low blood pressure. It can even lead to loss of consciousness, brain haemorrhage and death.
  • Neighbor Heard Cries of Baby Who Starved After Mom Died

    03/07/2015 9:36:20 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/07/2015
    A neighbor says he heard the cries of a 9-month-old boy who authorities believe later starved after his mother died of an apparent overdose inside their Pittsburgh-area apartment. William Gonzalez tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) he heard the cries of little Casey Kessler when he went in and out of the apartment building in Millvale but didn't think much of it at the time. Gonzalez says he feels horrible.
  • Actress, 21, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot died from HUFFING

    10/16/2014 1:26:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    dailymail ^ | 13 October 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A former child actress who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot died July 19 in part as a result of huffing, Texas Authorities revealed Monday. Tests reveal 21-year-old actress Skye McCole Bartusiak had muscle relaxers, painkillers and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of her death, reports TMZ.
  • More people say they were drugged by sample chocolate bar at Denver County Fair's 'Pot Pavilion'

    08/07/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    KMGH ^ | 8/7/2014
    Denver County Fair officials confirmed they are investigating at least three separate cases of people who said they were drugged after eating a Full Melt Chocolate bar that contained THC at the Denver County Fair's Pot Pavilion.Denver County Fair Spokesperson, Dana Cain said at least two of those people went to the hospital after they became dizzy, sick and confused.  They tested positive for THC."I was given one of these, it looked just like that," Richard Jones said as he pointed to a picture of a Full Melt Chocolate bar on his computer screen.The Pot Pavilion was new to the...
  • Dozens hospitalized during Avicii concert in Boston

    06/26/2014 6:11:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | June 26, 2014 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN) -- Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalized during a show by superstar DJ Avicii in Boston on Wednesday night, CNN affiliates reported. Local media put the number of patients anywhere between 30 and 80. Massachusetts General Hospital told CNN it received 13 patients between ages 16 and 19. All of the patients are being evaluated, said Kory Zhao, a hospital public affairs officer. Most patients had a problem with dehydration, drugs and alcohol, authorities told CNN affiliate WHDH.
  • Maureen Dowd’s Weed Candy Experiment Personifies White Privilege

    06/04/2014 4:26:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jun 4, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Maureen Dowd, author of “Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk”, speaks during a panel discussion during a luncheon at the Book Expo America convention, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) I never smoked marijuana before, and Maureen Dowd‘s haphazard experience with a weed-laced candy bar in her Denver hotel room certainly isn’t motivating me to book a plane ticket to what is soon to be dubbed the “Mile High State.” The New York Times columnist was in Colorado reporting on the state’s first months of legalized marijuana use when she decided to take what she later learned...
  • Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out

    06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher
    Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room. Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column: "I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the...
  • Teen whose date was found dead in their hotel room after prom suggests she overdosed

    05/20/2014 10:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2014 | Lydia Warren and Jessica Jerreat
    A Texas teenager whose date died in their hotel room after her senior prom has sent a series of emotional text messages to a friend suggesting she passed away following an overdose. The unidentified date frantically called 911 on Saturday morning after waking up in a North Houston Hyatt to find that 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez was not breathing. Investigators said that the MacArthur High School senior showed no outward signs of injury and the results of her autopsy are pending. They added that her boyfriend is not suspected of any crime. Now text messages that he sent to one of...
  • More than 30 overdose on synthetic marijuana in a day in Dallas

    05/04/2014 6:22:06 AM PDT · by mgist · 35 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/2/14 | Lopez
    by REBECCA LOPEZ Bio | Email | Follow: @rlopezwfaa WFAA Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:51 PM Updated Friday, May 2 at 11:18 PM Related: More K2 overdose cases reported in Texas DALLAS -- It's cheap, easy to buy, and sold over the counter, but it is also highly addictive and dangerous. “We don't know what they are putting into these synthetic drugs," said Dr. James d’Etienne of Baylor Medical Center. And that's the problem. People are buying and smoking K2, a synthetic drug that is supposed to mimic marijuana. Within the last 24 hours, more than 30 people...
  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

    04/03/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:20 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. Doctors could prescribe it for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or a medicine cabinet. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin. …
  • Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana

    02/26/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 46 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    DENVER (CBS4) – An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. VCA Animal Hospital is open 24 hours a day and they see hundreds of dogs every week from checkups to emergencies. Since Jan. 1 the clinic says dogs have been getting into their owner’s supply of marijuana, specifically edibles. “What we are seeing is dogs getting into the baked products,” said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. The concern is that edibles have a concentration of marijuana meant for controlled human consumption and dogs weigh...
  • Killer batch of white heroin responsible for at least 100 deaths across the country

    02/02/2014 3:57:22 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-2-14 | Ryan Gorman
    Heroin overdose deaths across the country are spiking as a deadly new variant of the drug mixed with a powerful painkiller is spreading from New Hampshire to Washington State. The lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl, an opiate used to soothe the pain of cancer patients, is blamed for about 100 deaths from coast to coast. It is variously labelled as ‘bud ice,’ ‘income tax’ and ‘theraflu,’ authorities say. The hardest hit states in the epidemic are Maryland, with more than three dozen deaths since September, and Pennsylvania, with almost two dozen this month alone, according to reports.
  • Sources: Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose

    02/02/2014 11:39:51 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/02/2014 | Steve Almasy
    (CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment, law enforcement sources said Sunday. Hoffman, 46, was found in the bathroom of the fourth-floor apartment, the sources told CNN.
  • Bong Shop Sells Bath Salts to Dad's Son ... Watertown Father Smashes Up Shop, Pleads Guilty

    02/26/2013 6:53:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies ^ | February 25, 2013 | John O'Brien
    Watertown father admits guilt for smashing up head shop Watertown, NY -- A Watertown man has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for smashing up a head shop after his adult son overdosed on bath salts from the store. Dan Avery, 49, pleaded guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $638 in restitution for the damage he did to Tebb's Headshop in Watertown. Avery was charged in July with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a...
  • UK: Brussels sprouts 'overdose' hospitalised man at Christmas, report reveals

    12/22/2012 7:30:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/20/12 | BBC
    A man from Ayrshire had to be hospitalised after eating too many Brussels sprouts last Christmas, it has emerged. The traditional Christmas vegetable contain lots of vitamin K which promotes blood clotting. However, this counteracted the effect of anticoagulants the man was taking because he had a mechanical heart. Doctors at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank eventually realised too many sprouts were to blame.
  • Fatal outsourcing? Thomas Hospital hit with $140 million verdict in death of Daphne woman

    12/14/2012 7:18:04 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 7 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 12/14/12 | Brendan Kirby
    BAY MINETTE, Alabama – The family of a Daphne woman who received a lethal dose of medicine due to an error made by workers in India hired to save money on the preparation of medical records has won a $140 million judgment. The verdict, handed down this week in Baldwin County Circuit Court, holds Thomas Hospital and three other firms responsible for the 2008 death of Sharron Juno. It may be the richest civil verdict in the history of Baldwin County, renowned for its conservative juries. George “Skip” Finkbohner, an attorney who represented Juno’s son, attributed the large jury award...
  • SAGE STALLONE: Sylvester's Son Dies Of Overdose

    07/14/2012 7:36:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    TMZ ^ | 07/14/2012
    Sage Stallone -- Sylvester Stallone's son -- has died and sources tell us the cause was an overdose of pills. The details surrounding the death are still unclear .. but we're told he was found in his L.A. home by either a maid or his girlfriend. Paramedics were called to the home and pronounced him dead at the scene. Sources tell us authorities are trying to determine if the death was intentional or accidental. We're told Sylvester is a "wreck." Sage famously made his film debut alongside his father in the 1990 movie "Rocky 5" -- playing the role of...
  • Paramedics called to Occupy Eugene for alleged heroin overdose

    11/20/2011 2:58:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    KMTR ^ | 11/20/11 | Chris McKee
    Paramedics called to Occupy Eugene for alleged heroin overdoseReported by: Chris McKee EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) - Tense moments for Occupy Eugene protesters Saturday afternoon when police and paramedics were called for a reported heroin overdose. **SNIP** Protesters say two occupiers may have helped save the man's life. A registered nurse and a doctor came to the man’s aid shortly after he passed out, giving him CPR before on-duty paramedics arrived.
  • Drug overdose reported at Occupy Toronto site (different than Friday's overdose death)

    11/09/2011 7:15:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    City TV ^ | 11/09/11 | Shawne McKeown
    Drug overdose reported at Occupy Toronto site11/09/2011 | Shawne McKeown, A man was rushed to hospital after he suffered a reported drug overdose Tuesday at Occupy Toronto’s home base at a downtown park. The incident happened after a 23-year-old woman was found dead at the Occupy Vancouver site Friday after an overdose. Paramedics in Toronto were called to St. James Park, at King and Church streets, late Tuesday morning to take the man, said to be in his 20s, to hospital, according to published reports. His condition wasn’t said to be life-threatening.
  • Man found dead in tent at Okla. City protest

    10/31/2011 4:40:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 31, 2011
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Police say a man has been found dead inside his tent at a protest at a park in downtown Oklahoma City. Police Lt. Kevin Barnes says the death isn't considered suspicious, but authorities have not determined how the man died. Barnes says someone called 911 about 2:40 p.m. Monday after he was found dead inside his tent at Kerr Park.
  • Family files claim over teen's death after a rave

    01/03/2011 5:33:30 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 3, 2011
    The parents of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who died of an ecstasy overdose after attending a rave, have filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The parents are seeking $5 million in damages from the Coliseum Commission. The claim, filed Dec. 23 with both the city and county of Los Angeles, is a necessary step before suing in court. The claim says the commission, a joint state, city and county board, did not fulfill its "duties and was negligent in creating and/or allowing others to create a dangerous condition of public property" during the two-day Electric...
  • Man Dies Of Caffeine Overdose

    10/29/2010 11:14:07 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    By NewsCore via MyFox via Drudge ^ | Friday, 29 Oct 2010, 11:42 AM EDT
    A British man died after poisoning himself with two spoonfuls of caffeine powder bought over the internet, local media reported Friday. Michael Lee Bedford, 23, from Mansfield, central England, was at a party in April when he swallowed caffeine powder that a friend bought online for £3.29 ($5.26), Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard Thursday. He washed the powder down with an energy drink, and around 15 minutes later began sweating and vomiting blood. He later died at King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire, central England, the Nottingham Post reported. The court heard that Bedford ignored the product's recommendation to take no more...
  • Death by unintentional drug overdose an epidemic in Utah

    03/23/2010 4:22:43 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 44 replies · 812+ views
    The Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 03/23/2010 | Carlos Mayorga
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Financial problems, a history of substance abuse and mental illness are factors strongly connected to prescription drug overdose deaths in Utah. According to a study released Monday by the Utah Department of Health, the new figures could benefit doctors when screening patients to identify who is more at risk of suffering a fatal unintentional overdose. "We found out there was a high proportion of people who were unemployed or had financial problems," said Dr. Robert Rolfs, director of the Utah Division of Disease Control and Prevention. "Lack of health insurance was one characteristic that we hadn't...
  • Report: Alec Baldwin Rushed to Hospital

    02/11/2010 6:40:06 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 97 replies · 3,065+ views
    FOX News ^ | 2/11/2010 | FOX News
    Actor Alec Baldwin was rushed to a New York City hospital last night after his daughter called 911 claiming the “30 Rock” star was unresponsive, NBC News reported Thursday. After 14-year-old Ireland called 911, medics rushed to the actor’s apartment before taking him to Lenox Hill hospital. He was reportedly released after an hour of treatment at around 1 a.m.
  • Singer/Songwriter Vic Chesnutt Dies Of Drug Overdose

    12/28/2009 2:20:07 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 7 replies · 938+ views ^ | 12/27/09
    It was a sad Christmas for the friends and family of singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, as the artist passed away on Friday (December 25) after spending two days in a coma thanks to an overdose of muscle relaxers. Chesnutt was 45 years old. The Athens, Georgia-based Chesnutt was something of an icon in the indie rock community who wrote spare, darkly comic tunes about love and death. His famous fans included R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe (another Athens native), Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and former Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh. When he was 18, Chesnutt was in a car accident that...
  • Did the Nation Overdose on Debt?

    11/16/2009 1:53:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 448+ views
    FXStreet ^ | 11/05/09 | John Silvia
    Did the Nation Overdose on Debt? Thu, Nov 5 2009, 18:36 GMT by John Silvia Wells Fargo Investments, LLC Long-term Repercussions of Swelling Government Indebtedness “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln Fiscal year 2009 for the United States government drew to a close on Sept. 30, when the closing bell sounded to the sour tune of a $1.417 trillion deficit (Figure 1). Some perspective: 1.4 trillion is equal to 13 times the number of people who have ever lived, or $4,500 for each and every person living in the United States. The...
  • Mom charged in son's fatal overdose

    10/19/2009 9:13:03 PM PDT · by Saije · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 10/19/2009 | Jesse Garza
    A 46-year-old Burlington woman accused of teaching her teenage son how to shoot heroin was charged Monday in connection with his death from an overdose. Patricia L. Strosina was charged with intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child resulting in death in connection with the death of her 16-year-old son Raymond Strosina, according to a criminal complaint. The boy was found by his father in the father's home in the Town of Waterford on Sept. 14, slumped over a desk in a basement computer room, according to the complaint. A syringe, a burned spoon and other drug paraphernalia were...
  • Texas man found asleep with corpse inside closet

    10/12/2009 6:58:24 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1,312+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 12, 2009 | N/A
    A Houston man found asleep with a corpse inside a closet of a vacant home has been charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, authorities said Monday. Cody Jean Plant, 21, was discovered Sunday after the owner of the house reported hearing voices and seeing signs of forced entry at the home in Cypress, about 25 miles northwest of Houston, according to a Harris County Precinct 4 Constable official. Authorities did not immediately release the dead man's identity. "There were two guys in the closet. They appeared to be sleeping, one was snoring and the other was deceased," said Assistant Chief Deputy...
  • U.S. court tells FDA to rethink Plan B contraceptive [to 17-year-olds without a prescription]

    03/23/2009 12:11:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 679+ views
    U.S. court tells FDA to rethink Plan B contraceptive Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:06pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. court on Monday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decisions on the sale of the Plan B emergency contraceptive and ordered its producer to make the pills available to 17-year-olds without a prescription. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in a 52-page ruling, said its order to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds under the same conditions it is currently available to older women must be complied with within 30 days....
  • [Bill]Maher: Why Didn’t Rush Die From Drugs Instead of Heath Ledger?

    02/09/2008 1:41:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 225+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 9, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    The hatred from supposedly compassionate and open-minded Hollywoodans is something to behold, isn't it? After all, just imagine despising a radio talk show host so much that you would suggest, on national television, that he should die of a drug overdose. Alas, such was the case Friday evening when HBO's Bill Maher actually asked guest P.J. O'Rourke, who was talking about Rush Limbaugh's use of the prescription drug OxyContin (video available here courtesy our friend Ms Underestimated): Why couldn't have he croaked from it instead of Heath Ledger? Honestly, can you imagine? MSNBC's David Shuster was suspended on Friday for...
  • Heath Ledger Found Dead in Apartment

    01/22/2008 1:45:20 PM PST · by peggybac · 588 replies · 1,609+ views
    ? ^ | 1/22/08 | ???
    Just broke on Fox - details to come.
  • FDA warns of deaths from fentanyl patch

    12/21/2007 1:23:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 331+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Dec. 21, 2007 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON --Improper use of patches that emit the painkiller fentanyl is still killing people, the government said Friday - its second warning in two years about the powerful narcotic. Some of the deaths came after doctors prescribed the patches to the wrong patients, the Food and Drug Administration said. The drug is only for chronic pain in people used to narcotics, such as cancer patients, and can cause trouble breathing in people new to this family of "opioid" painkillers. Yet the FDA found cases where doctors prescribed it for headaches or post-surgical pain. The FDA said patients...
  • BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas

    12/19/2007 5:00:27 AM PST · by paulsy · 162 replies · 948+ views
    Australian news ^ | 12/19/07 | paularish1
    "Paulo Melo, 29, has been in a coma at the Royal Darwin Hospital for two weeks, after severing his spinal cord in a car crash." - read more below: doctor requested, family objected, court granted
  • How Jim Morrison Died

    07/17/2007 4:54:23 PM PDT · by RDTF · 22 replies · 640+ views ^ | July 16, 2007 | VIVIENNE WALT
    Even on a gray day in Paris last week, there was one place you could find a crowd of tourists from places as varied as Rome, Tokyo and Orlando, Florida — gathered at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, around the graveside of Jim Morrison. Forget Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and the hundreds of other luminaries interred among its chestnut trees, the frontman of The Doors has long been the cemetery's headline draw. Part of the attraction is the almost mystical magnetism he exuded in life; part is the macabre mystery of his demise: How did one of the legends of the rock...
  • Teen Dies From Muscle Cream Overdose (Ben Gay Alert)

    06/08/2007 1:38:21 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 55 replies · 13,556+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 8,2007
    A budding teenage athlete has died after 'overdosing' on a common topical muscle cream. The medical examiner announced on Thursday that the 17-year-old track star, Arielle Newman of Castleton Corners, N.Y., died from a toxic dose of sports cream, the Staten Island Advance reported. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's officer told the Advance that the Notre Dame Academy track star's blood contained lethal amounts of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient found in muscle rubs such as BenGay and Icy Hot. Borakove said the petite girl used the topical medication excessively, allowing the poisons to accumulate in her...
  • Santee Woman Charged In Teen's Methadone Death (perscribes methodone for sore throat)

    04/27/2007 5:19:10 PM PDT · by CAWats · 3 replies · 265+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Angelica Martinez
    SAN DIEGO – A Santee woman was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and of furnishing narcotics to a minor after her daughter's friend took methadone pills that resulted in her death, officials said. Laura Wion, 36, is accused of supplying her daughter's 17-year-old friend with eight prescription methadone capsules on Aug. 25, 2006, said Paul Roberts, special agent supervisor with the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. The girl took all eight capsules and died Aug. 26, 2006 of a methadone overdose, he said. It is not known if the girl took all of the capsules at once....
  • Alice In Chains Singer's Life Could Become Movie

    11/03/2006 7:26:31 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 32 replies · 2,427+ views
    Rock Radio Online ^ | October 6, 2006 | Staff
    A biography of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley might be turned into a movie, reports A press release from Arts Publications indicated that Argentinean journalist Adriana Rubio has been contacted by Philadelphia-based filmmaker Eric Moyer about making a film version of her book, Layne Staley: Get Born Again. Moyer said in a statement, "I am determined to make this film about Layne Staley, not only to celebrate his life and talent, but to warn others through his compelling story that heroin will kill matter who you are." Staley died in April of 2002 after struggling with...
  • Anna Nicole Smith's Son Had A Lethal Combo Of Drugs

    09/27/2006 9:20:58 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 3 replies · 529+ views
    local6 ^ | 27 Sept 2006
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son died from a lethal combination of a drug that treats heroin addiction -- methadone -- and two antidepressants: Zoloft and Lexapro. That's what the pathologist Smith hired is saying. Cyril Wecht says the level of the drugs taken "point to this being a tragic, accidental, drug-related death." Daniel Smith died in his mother's hospital room in the Bahamas on Sept. 10. He was visiting a few days after she gave birth to his half-sister.
  • 2 Infants Die After Given Adult Doses At Indy Hospital

    09/18/2006 5:24:01 AM PDT · by Samwise · 48 replies · 1,606+ views
    INDIANAPOLIS -- An error at an Indianapolis hospital killed two premature newborn babies late Saturday night and sparked an internal investigation at the hospital. Officials at Methodist Hospital said Sunday that 2-day-old Emmery Miller and 5-day-old D'Myia Nelson were given lethal doses of the drug Heparin by mistake. Hospital officials called the incident rare and isolated, and said their thoughts and prayers go out to the newborns' families. Six babies in the newborn intensive care unit were given adult doses of Heparin because of a procedural error, according to Methodist Hospital president Sam Odle. "One baby received three doses. One...
  • Elvis fans mark 29th anniversary of death at Graceland

    08/16/2006 5:40:33 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 27 replies · 943+ views
    Fans of the King from around the world are in Memphis, Tenn., honoring the 29th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Presley died of heart disease and prescription drug abuse at his Graceland mansion on Aug. 16th, 1977. The singer's fans traditionally file past his grave site at Graceland on the eve of the anniversary. A spokesman says as many as 10,000 fans could visit the mansion for this year's vigil. President Bush and his wife, who brought Elvis fan and Japanese leader Junichiro Koizumi to Memphis in June for a tour of Graceland, sent their regards.
  • North Idaho students overdose on OTC drugs

    02/23/2006 3:06:22 PM PST · by ferri · 27 replies · 1,795+ views
    KREM 2 NEWS ^ | 03:03 PM PST on Thursday, February 23, 2006
    5 Lakeland Junior High School students have been given emergency medical treatment and transported to Kootenai Medical Center for overdosing on non-prescription, Over-The-Counter medication. Lakeland School District's Ron Schmidt tells KREM 2 News that the students took Robitussen capsules while at school. Soon after they felt ill and began vomitting. School administrators called paramedics who transferred the sick students to the hospital. KREM 2 News has a crew on the way and will have update as soon as they are available on Tune into KREM 2 News at 5pm & 6pm for a live report from Coeur d'Alene.
  • Coroner: Chris Penn Died Accidentally

    02/13/2006 4:53:27 PM PST · by LouAvul · 45 replies · 3,491+ views
    yahoo ^ | 2-13-06
    LOS ANGELES - Actor Chris Penn died accidentally from an enlarged heart and the effects of a mix of multiple medications, the county coroner's office said Monday. Penn, 40, the younger brother of Sean Penn, was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium on Jan. 24, but the results of his autopsy and toxicology tests were not released until Monday. The primary cause of death was "nonspecific cardiomyopathy," an oversized heart, with the "effects of multiple medication intake," according to a statement issued by the coroner's office. "We know he had several prescriptions, including promethazine with codeine, which featured predominantly...
  • Girl, 15, given radiation overdose

    02/08/2006 3:10:48 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 52 replies · 1,406+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 02/08/06 | LUCIE CHRISTIE
    Girl, 15, given radiation overdose LUCIE CHRISTIE AN INVESTIGATION is under way at a top cancer hospital today after a teenage patient was given a massive overdose of radiation up to 17 times during treatment. Lisa Norris, 15, was given the overdoses at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow, where she was treated for a brain tumour. The hospital has blamed human error for the overdoses. The effects of the overdoses are not yet known, but the parents of the teenager from Girvan in Ayrshire said doctors had warned that the extra radiation could prove fatal. Staff at the hospital...
  • JACKO BOMBSHELL (Michael Jackson overdoes overseas?)

    12/09/2005 2:09:24 PM PST · by emiller · 58 replies · 2,027+ views
    Natl. Enquirer ^ | 12-09-05 | ALAN BUTTERFIELD
    Michael Jackson has suffered an overdose from drugs and alcohol and is said to be in a critical condition in Bahrain. That is what the National Enquirer can reveal police in Santa Barbara, California, have been told by a source close to the singer's family. The Santa Barbara police, located near Jackson's Neverland ranch, investigated