Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Anna Nicole's Lethal Cocktail

Well, "accidental overdose" probably doesn't surprise anyone, but good grief. Salon's Fix states that found in her system was:
A laundry list of drugs (including Benadryl, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, atropine, topiramate, ciprofloxacin) combined with sleep drug chloral hydrate to cause acute drug intoxication.
Hmm. Benadryl is an over-the-counter medication for allergies, but it's also used as a sleep aid (e.g., Tylenol PM is Tylenol and Benadryl). Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan are all prescription medications used in treating anxiety, and they are sedatives/muscle relaxants. Cipro is an antibiotic, and I honestly don't know what atropine and topiramate are. But considering she also had yet one more very serious sleep agent--the chloral hydrate--in her system, it's no wonder she fell asleep never to wake up. And wasn't she supposedly drinking earlier in the day as well? Or at least the evening before? Alcohol's a depressant, too.

The medical examiner stated that, taken by itself, none of the above drugs would've killed her. But when you put them all together, they intensify the effects, and her respiratory system simply shut down. It's so sad, and her death was so completely preventable.


Spokane Al said...

I think Dennis Miller said it best, "She didn't die of a drug overdose, she died of a fame overdose."

Joyce said...

It's true; I suppose celebrity comes with a fair amount of stress (who wouldn't want to grab an umbrella like poor Britney Spears to beat the paparazzi off with?) I think Anna Nicole's fame was particularly sad because, with all that money, everybody wanted a piece of her. Did people like her for her or like her for her money? And the vultures are still circling her, even in death.

Cap'n Dyke said...

Oooo, atropine is used to increase heartrate. Sounds like she was not payin' attention - or tryin' t'escape th'world that 'loved her'.

Joyce said...

Huh. Can't figure that one out. The medical examiner did rule out suicide, but with all those meds in her system, there's no telling what was actually in her mind at the time.