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James Holmes

Reportedly Took Drugs

Before Shooting Spree

7/21/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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James Holmes took Vicodin 2-and-a-half hours before yesterday's shooting rampage ... this according to a new report.

According to KMGH TV in Denver, Holmes took 100 mg of Vicodin late Thursday night. 

Meanwhile a man who lived across the street from Holmes told the NY Post he used to "see him smoking weed behind the apartment." He told the paper, "Nobody ever really talked to him. He was alone a lot."

Holmes remains in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 AM on Monday.

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31.

timid    

I'm wondering if there is a psych diagnosis on him somewhere. If so, I hope his family will be forthcoming about it. I imagine a judge will order an evaluation. Why did he act out? Was there a trigger(s). Appeared to be carefully planned out taking weeks, months, perhaps years?

774 days ago
32.

Lindsey    

Vicodin is not going to make you go on a killing spree.

774 days ago
33.

BOBBYBROWNJAW    

ahhh tmz wow, yall need someone like me who knows this type of thing frontward and back. first off vicodin is made of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. either 5/500 which means 5mg of hydrocodone (the good stuff) and 500mg of acetaminophen (tylenol) and there are 7.5mg ones as well as 10mg ones. when someone says they took 100mg of vicodin it means they took 100mg of hydrocodone which sounds like quite a bit (20 - 5mg pills) but many people take 100mg of oxycodone strait into the vein which is roughly twice as strong at hydrocodone. now, anything above about 3000mg of acetaminophen is dangerous for your liver and 20 5/500 would be 10000mg of it. not necessarily fatal or even that bad for some but probably going to cause some harm. so he prob either cold water extracted the hydrocodone (basically separate them so you just take the good stuff) or took the 10mg/660...mg type of vicodin. anyway, if you need someone to tell you quick info on things like this just hit me up tmz.

774 days ago
34.

BOBBYBROWNJAW    

ahhh tmz wow, yall need someone like me who knows this type of thing frontward and back. first off vicodin is made of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. either 5/500 which means 5mg of hydrocodone (the good stuff) and 500mg of acetaminophen (tylenol) and there are 7.5mg ones as well as 10mg ones. when someone says they took 100mg of vicodin it means they took 100mg of hydrocodone which sounds like quite a bit (20 - 5mg pills) but many people take 100mg of oxycodone strait into the vein which is roughly twice as strong at hydrocodone. now, anything above about 3000mg of acetaminophen is dangerous for your liver and 20 5/500 would be 10000mg of it. not necessarily fatal or even that bad for some but probably going to cause some harm. so he prob either cold water extracted the hydrocodone (basically separate them so you just take the good stuff) or took the 10mg/660...mg type of vicodin. anyway, if you need someone to tell you quick info on things like this just hit me up tmz.

774 days ago
35.

negro hijo de puta negra    

le perseguiría Michael Jackson. y le ponía gente manipulada alrededor.

774 days ago
36.

Juztice    

neither of those drugs caused him to meticulously map out and follow through with this plan.

Smoking marijuana is a regular thing in colorado so that's not really a surprise - but the vicodin? The man wore body armor and groin and neck protection - he expected to be fought. Taking vicodin before hand would do a couple of things - 1) severely diminish the pain and allow him to continue on his shooting spree if he was shot at and hit. 2) Taking it two 1/2 hours in advance (he was a friggen med student don't forget) would mean that the biggest side effects of taking the drug would have either become bearable or started to diminish before he could pull off his stunt.

That was planned and the drugs weren't a cause of insanity, they were a measure of his own to protect himself so he could follow through with his plan.

774 days ago
37.

ThePhoenix    

Only ONE and it was 100mg. HAD nothing to do with it.

774 days ago
38.

FresnoBullpup    

There are rare occasions where someone can get violent after taking vicoden (it happened with my step-father), but it wouldn't result in a cold, calculated shooting spree. It would make someone lose their mind, not carry out an elaborate plan. And seriously, weed? Neither of those drugs had anything to do with this. (I'm not even going to touch that there is no such thing as "100mg of vicoden" I think that's already been covered enough in the comments.)

774 days ago
39.

Jordan    

Did he make a visit to sage stallone house before he died.

774 days ago
40.

mebrat24    

WHERE DO YOU COME UP WITH THIS CRAP
WHO SAID HE TOOK THE DRUG???? BULL**** STORY BEING REPEATED ON TMZ

While Vicodin comes in pills of 500 mg and up, the source indicated that police were told Holmes took 100 mg of Vicodin.
THE SOURCE INDICATED THAT POLICE WERE TOLD
TMZ WILL REPORT ANY BULL**** STORY
THE SOURCE INDICATED??????????????

774 days ago
41.

wow    

Doesn't matter what he might have taken. Truth is sometimes really smart people go bonkers. The guy looked "off" in most of his pictures.

774 days ago
42.

Cindy    

fine line between genius and madness

774 days ago
43.

D-Bohn    

I doubt he took 100mg of vicoden. That means he would have had to take twenty of the most common prescribed dose(5/500). Each pill contains 5mg of narcotic opiate. An average person even with a strong tolerance(ie an addict) would probably get ill taking that dose all @ once. Not to mention that all that acetaminophen would damage his liver if not cause liver failure. With this guy's educational background, he probably knew that.

774 days ago
44.

pam    

Really 100 mg. of Vicodin has more acetaminophen in it than codeine. Vicodin can range in mg from 5/ 325 or 5/ 500...next up Vicodin 7.5 has a smidgen more codeine in it but still has 325 or 500mg of acetaminophen.Last is 10mg. which is uncommonly given out, 10 mg of codeine (whoopee) with the same mix of acetaminophen. The 'Tylenol' alone would make you hurl.

774 days ago
45.

Todd    

Wow that's a ton .... LMAO

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