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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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61.

Cisco419    

seriously

634 days ago
62.

DJ Gilbert R    

BULL **** !!!!!!!!!!!!............... WHY'S IT ALWAYS DRUGS, HE WAS BEATEN AS A CHILD, MENTAL ILLNESS OR SOME CRAP LIKE THAT WITH WHITE KIDS ? THE PIONT IS HE'S A SICK S.O.B. !

634 days ago
63.

toaddy    

To say he took 500mg of Vicodin is wrong. This report us being perpetuated in news and gossip sites. If the truth is he took 500 mg of hydrocodone the active NARCOTIC ingredient in Vicodin tm it would at least seem like any reporter out there did a modi*** of research or at least asked questions.
If he did in fact take 500 mg hydrocodone in Vicidin form then there are some other questions begging response. Since there is acetaminophen in Vicodin many times 500mg in the most commonly prescribed 5/500 strength of Vicodin; how much acetaminophen did he take? Is he opioid tolerant b/c 500 mg hydrocodone is a serious dosage, especially at one dose not to mention over a 24 hour period? If he us not tolerant he would not even have been able to stand up if he took 500 mg of hydrocodone at once and possibly would have suffered liver failure due to all of the acetaminophen he infested in one dose.
If the lawyers are ponying up this info they are dolts. The people reporting it definitely are!!!
It just goes to show you do not believe everything you read. What sounds like fact is often garbage!

634 days ago
64.

peoplearesilly    

OMG. One vicodin and smoking weed does not make a killer. You know that TMZ. Anyone with half a brain knows that. The guy is sick. Had nothing to do with a few hits of weed and a vicodin (which is legal by the way). Stupid.

634 days ago
65.

Miguel    

I'm sorry but Vicodin will not make you lose your mind to the point of doing something like this. It makes you drowsy & is a painkiller. Abusing it by taking doses more than prescribed will only heighten the drowsiness factor. I've been taking high doses of Vicodin for years now due to a severely bad back & I also suffer from Clinical Depression & I have NEVER had any type of agressive mood swings due to this drug.

And even though I don't smoke weed, I can guarantee you that ain't doing it either.

634 days ago
66.

Anonyminity    

By reporting this it gives the lawyers more reason to say that the drugs made him do it. And he will walk away without a death penalty or might even walk away with parole... And when people say he was mentally ill, it helps the lawyers give a case that he was not really doing it, his mind is mentally ill and didn't have sound judgement. Just wait and see kiddos. We will forget all this happened and he will go back to his life in the shadows.

634 days ago
67.

Elyse    

Uh you might wanna fact check this one...it'd be pretty difficult to take 100mg of vicodin without overdosing. Vicodin is half hydrocodone and half tylenol (usually 5/500 but can go up to 10/660... i believe) the max dose of tylenol alone without overdosing is 4,000mg...he would have had to have taken like 10-20 pills to get 100mg of "vicodin" in his system depending on their strength. Saying he had 100mg of vicodin in his system just doesn't make any sense.

634 days ago
68.

Detective. LaToya    

This is America for you. Prescription drug abuse is rampant but that didn't make him do it. He's just a deranged cracker ass cracker. All you whites do is shoot up schools and now movie theaters.

634 days ago
69.

Joleene    

Oh big whoop-di-do, Vicodin's peak is 30-60... minutes and the half life is about 3-6 hours. also, when you talk about Vicodin you should be more specific as to which ingredient you are referring to. the Hydrocodone or the TYLENOL. 100mg of Tylenol means he took maybe half of a pill. 100mg of hydrocodone means he's overdosed & likely wouldn't be able to pull of the stunt he did.
TMZ please check your facts before blowing things out of proportion on such a tragic incident.

Thank you!

634 days ago
70.

Addiction Myth    

I suspect he used drugs as a tool to dampen his own guilt and second thoughts while preparing to do such a terrible thing. I hope they don't blame this on 'drug addiction'.

http://addictionmyth.com/the-drug-addict-and-the-addiction-myth/

634 days ago
71.

kim is a publicity whore    

great, now people are gonna blame it on marijuana.

634 days ago
72.

jimmy    

Its a relevant fact. He took Vicodin to give him a calming effect in the moment...

634 days ago
73.

Paul    

Several opiate addicts I've known have made a close studies of, both the new drugs they have, or are thinking of, injecting, should they learn of one available, be it any analog to their now physical cravings biological action. Many junkies to any opiate will look for what ever they can get their hands on. And they think they no how to filter out the bad stuff.

634 days ago
74.

Kelley    

Yeah, he would have had to take ten in order to have consumed 100 mgs, I guess that could explain why he was so calm when doing all of this. I've taken a few lortabs at one time before and it can be pretty sedating but even still, it cannot be blamed for something like this. He was obviously void of any empathy to begin with, and what really doesn't make any sense to me is why he told the police that he had booby trapped his apartment since he had done it in order to take a few of them out?

634 days ago
75.

Diana    

All I can say is that if this guy did Vicodin and marijuana meaning doing/taking both things, its mixture has strong psychological effects, serious ones, they lose their mental state completely and can even believe they are God or like him the JOKER

634 days ago
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