What Maybe Killed Whitney
Those who do overdose are definitely at risk of death, and some users - like Whitney, possibly - mix it with opiates, marijuana and booze, complicating the whole picture, but the longer someone uses Xanax, the less effective it becomes
What Maybe Killed Whitney
Whilst the sudden death of 48-year-old singer Whitney Houston is unexplained as yet, and may not be clearly explained for some time. reports have it that she had recently filled a Xanax prescription. With her infamous history of abusing both drugs and alcohol, her history of three stays in rehabilitation centres, perhaps her untimely death was not totally unexpected.
The iconic vocalist was found, on February 11th, dead in a bathtub, cause of death quite conceivably a combination overdose of those three things mentioned, especially since toxicologists insist that the combination of Xanax and alcohol can easily prove fatal.
Anti-anxiety drug alprazolam - which is what Xanax actually is - is a benzodiazepine, a sedative that works by combining with gamma amino butyric acids - natural tranquilizers - to enhance feelings of calm. Problem is that Xanax are fast-acting and highly addictive, unsurprisingly one of the top ten most prescribed drugs in the United States.
Though many artists are known to often use the drug to combat stage fright or other anxieties, it does see lots of abuse, because tolerance to it develops quickly if used regularly. Taken with booze, the high is intensified, causing even greater drunkenness, as well as respiratory depression and slowing of the heart.
Those who do overdose are definitely at risk of death, and some users - like Whitney, possibly - mix it with opiates, marijuana and booze, complicating the whole picture, but the longer someone uses Xanax, the less effective it becomes. Add to that the awful reality of withdrawal effects being unpleasant, from sleeplessness and splitting headaches to increased nervousness and depression.
Xanax abuse in the USA is now so bad, demand for it so high that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an 89 percent increase in emergency room visits nationwide related to the use of it in the past seven years, doctors far too willing to hand it out.
The Whitney Houston comeback album was being planned, in hopes of reviving her singing career during 2012, though the days before her death saw her behaviour appearing more erratic than ever, mismatched clothes, slurred speech and behaviour typical of high doses of Xanax and over-use of alcohol.
It is truly a great tragedy that this wonderfully talented woman should lose her life at such a relatively young age, simply because she had the addictive personality that led her down the wrong path in life, not helped in any small measure by the company she chose to keep. A tremendous talent lost to the entertainment world, perhaps because she could not mentally cope with the pressures of stardom, and gave in too easily to temptations that were all too readily available. What a tragic waste.