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Feds Want to Know How Heath Got His Meds

2/6/2008 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The feds are trying to figure out how Heath Ledger got all the prescriptions for the dangerous combination of painkillers and sedatives that led to his accidental overdose.

TV Guide reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation into how Ledger got prescriptions, if in fact they were prescriptions. According to officials, the DEA has requested copies of Ledger's autopsy as well as the original police report from the crime scene. The NYC medical examiner said this morning that he found the cause of death to be a lethal array of opiates and benzodiazepines; oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

The NYPD has not indicated whether the bottles of medication found at Ledger's apartment, which include some of the drugs found in his body, were specifically prescribed to Ledger.

TMZ spoke to three clinical psychiatrists today, all of whom said it would be "highly unusual" and "reckless" for one physician to prescribe this combination of meds, and suggested that more than one doctor would have to have been involved, or that Ledger could have obtained them by other means.
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buzzbomber    

I've known Heath ever since we worked together in Brokeback. Give the man some peace, some in his family read these postings and are quite disturbed.

2358 days ago
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Baysmom    

The doctor should be investigated - if he's prescribing all these drugs, he's probably doing it for other people too. My guess is that Heath got the drugs from different sources - not many doctors are that stupid. Of course, there was Anna Nicole's doctor...
All the drugs he took were depressants - they slowed the body down. Most were from the benzodiazapine family (the ones that end in 'pam' - diazapam, etc) - which are anti-anxiety sedatives. The oxycodone and hydrocodone are both narcotic pain killers - also causing drowsiness. Heath was probably taking doses like this regularly - no one takes that many drugs if they are a drug virgin.

2358 days ago
78.

Cartman    

He was snorting his Oxycontin. It's how I do it.

2358 days ago
79.

Savage    

Someone brought up the $20 bill they found rolled up......I know people that are on heavy painkillers such as the ones Heath was on......and they've told me that there have been times that they crushed the pills and snorted it instead, cuz it's a better high.....you think that's what happened?

all the police said was it didn't test positive for illegal drugs.....but they didn't say whether it tested positive for prescription drugs...

2358 days ago
80.

scarlett    

He probably doctor shopped. You cannot blame the docs if the patient does not give his complete drug history, and you cannot blame the medicine.

2358 days ago
81.

webby    

To #40 - you are the idiot - and WRONG. oxycodone is generic for Percocet. oxycontin is a different pain killer altogether, much more powerful and usually extended release. Now, research next time before making an idiot out of yourself.

2358 days ago
82.

buxxy    

The guy had six different meds in his system...how is this accidental? He couldn't have cared too much about himself to do that...you figure after the first three pills he would've caught on to the fact that he just may be taking one too many...

2358 days ago
83.

Cartman    

I worked on the set of Brokeback Mountain too and there's a reason we called Heath "Hoover". Let's just say you didn't want him dipping in your baggy. ;)

2358 days ago
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marcusA.    

The signs were all there. I remember watching him on some talk show and said to a friend how badly he was aging, she said he was only in his twenties and I thought he was in his forties!! He did not look well, his skin, coloring, eyes, he was deteriorating in front of everyone's eyes. You can't help but wonder what his girlfriend was going thru with himm that made her leave him. Rocky times between them was what I heard.

2358 days ago
85.

Tim    

Let's call them what they were: Vicodin and Oxycontin.

The hydrocodone was most likely Vicodin, and the oxycodone was almost certainly Oxycontin (although it is also in Percocet). I'd be curious to know which specifically he was using, and for what ailments they were prescribed, if they were indeed prescribed.

But I've noticed the reports tend to use the chemical terms, as though to hide the fact: he was (in all likelihood) abusing Vicodin and Oxycontin (sometimes called 'hillbilly heroin'). Both of these are powerful drugs, easy to get, and obviously used in combination with these other medications they can be dangerous.

I lament the loss of Heath Ledger, but let's also educate people on the dangers of these drugs. Just because they're prescribed does not make them safe.

2358 days ago
86.

Savage    

Oxycodone is a hell of alot stronger than percocet.....

2358 days ago
87.

Anne Frank    

I am an M.D. and I am also sick of these quacks who write prescriptions for anyone with a thick wallet. It is great to see the public waking up to the fact that some doctors are little more than licensed drug dealers. The state agencies that regular our profession are a joke. These agencies rarely go after pill pushers. And it is NOT a problem limited to celebrities. Regular people are being hurt by M.D.'s who will write prescriptions out of a desire to satisfy their patients, to make money, or just becasue they are stupid M.D.'s!

Get these clowns out of the medical profession. They are an embarrassment to the rest of us. And they are hurting your friends and loved ones. Tell your legislator and your local media to stay on this issue!

2358 days ago
88.

mary    

Kelli.....that revealing comment about Heath was in poor taste,keep what you know to yourself.Have some respect for the privacy of the deceased.Geez!

2358 days ago
89.

Merona    

Everyone should have a list of meds that shouldn't be taken together.

I just found out that two meds that my dr. has been prescribing together cause heart problems.

Drs. don't care because they are in bed with big pharma. Shhhh....lots of money, Who cares if people die, right?

2358 days ago
90.

dust    

Good riddance to another druggie.

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