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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Whitney Houston and Prescription Drugs

There is no argument, the world lost someone special this week and as more light is shed on the death of singer/songwriter Whitney Houston we can’t help but think why? Prescription drug abuse is ravaging this nation and it is clear that all walks of life are being affected by it.

At this point we cannot say for sure what caused Whitney Houston’s death, there are strong sources that lead everyone to believe that prescription drugs played a part in her death on February 11th, 2012.

“Her death is absolutely tragic and this brings attention to the problem that she had talked about in the past and that certainly is prescription drugs,” R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy told CBS News. “It affects a huge number of people in this country and has driven deaths to very, very high numbers—well over 15,000.”

He added, “I think it is what we might call a teachable moment when someone passes—particularly as someone as highly thought of and such an incredible performer as Whitney Houston. We can use this as a moment to help people understand. There are millions of Americans that are suffering from this problem…so we can use this as a chance to move forward.”

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