Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Latest Celebrity Killed By Prescription Drug Abuse

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

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.