Loyola addiction, anesthesiology, pharmaceutical experts available to discuss the dangers, signs of dependency, where to get help
The Los Angeles chief medical examiner's report found that Michael Jackson's death was caused by a continuous cocktail of sedatives (lorazepam, midazolam, Valium) administered to him by his doctor in an effort to put the singer to sleep. It was Propofol, a powerful anesthetic used in operating rooms, that caused him to stop breathing.
Jackson is among a long list of celebrities whose deaths were linked to addictive prescription drug use, including Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, Jay Bennett, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Dorothy Dandridge, Dana Plano, Dinah Washington and comedian Chris Farley. Thousands of more people in the United States are struggling with prescription drug dependency. Loyola University Medical Center addiction, anesthesiology and pharmaceutical experts are available to discuss the growing problem and answer:
* What makes some prescription painkillers and sedatives so addictive * Possible side effects * The psychology of addiction * How to recognize the signs of addiction * Symptoms of an overdose * What to do in case of an overdose * Methods used to break addiction * Where to seek help