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How a Hospital Covered Up Elvis Presley's Overdose

With help from Elvis' doctor, George Nichopoulos, book claims

(Newser) - When paramedics were called to Graceland on Aug. 16, 1977, two different people told the responding medics that they believed Elvis Presley had overdosed. Though no one in the room disputed the idea, it seemed to cause "a kind of funny stir in the room," one of the... More »

Charlie Sheen's Ex-Fiancee ODs

Brett Rossi rushed to hospital, insider says

(Newser) - Brett Rossi—the porn star Charlie Sheen pretended to marry , then actually got engaged to , then split with weeks before their wedding —was rushed to a hospital over the weekend after apparently overdosing, sources tell Radar . "She still has not gotten over the breakup," an insider says.... More »

Pair Took Selfie With Dead Friend, Dumped Body: Cops

Missouri pair charged with abandoning corpse

(Newser) - When Dennis "Nathan" Meyer apparently overdosed on Dilaudid, a painkiller, while hanging out with Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, last week, police say the Missouri pair reacted in perhaps the worst possible way: They allegedly took a selfie with his corpse, dumped the body, and then posted... More »

Heroin OD Antidote Saves Drugged Kitten

DA says addict tortured cat, injected it with drug

(Newser) - A quick-thinking veterinarian saved the life of a kitten after a "depraved" man tortured it and injected it with heroin, authorities say. A Pennsylvania clinic had considered euthanizing the abused kitten, which was lethargic and suffering head trauma, but it revived after it was treated with Narcan, a drug... More »

Prom King Killed by Caffeine Overdose

Extremely potent caffeine powder killed teen just before graduation

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Ohio prom king died just a week before graduation, and as WKYC reports, toxicology results reveal an unlikely culprit in his death: caffeine poisoning. Logan Stiner of LaGrange had apparently ingested caffeine powder and died after suffering an irregular heartbeat and seizures. The top student and star wrestler... More »

Guide: I Totally Warned Dowd About Pot

'She got the warning,' asked him to roll her a joint, says My 420 Tours operator

(Newser) - One time, Maureen Dowd accidentally ate 16 times the recommended dose of pot candy and got so high in a Denver hotel room that she thought she "had died and no one was telling me." Dowd wrote about the experience in yesterday's parable/column on the growing pains... More »

Date: Girl Who Died After Prom Mixed Booze, Pills

Text messages shed light on what may have happened to Jacqueline Gomez

(Newser) - Jacqueline Gomez was already acting "different" shortly before she left Aldine ISD's prom Friday night, says close friend Justice Gonzalez. "She was stuttering, not talking clear. Her eyes were low, like she was dizzy." The next morning, her date found the 17-year-old dead in their Houston... More »

Peaches Geldof Overdosed on Heroin: Report

It's not clear how she got the drugs

(Newser) - Toxicology tests show that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the Times , which says the results will be announced at an inquest hearing today. Police found no evidence of drugs near the 25-year-old's body, and Geldof had repeatedly insisted her drug-taking days were behind her. (The... More »

You'll Soon Be Able to Buy Heroin Overdose Antidote

Gets FDA's OK

(Newser) - Friends and family will be now able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose... More »

How to Save Heroin Addicts

Experts weigh in on changes that should be made to treatment

(Newser) - Could Philip Seymour Hoffman have been saved? That's what two columns are arguing today:
  • On CNN , drug experts Ethan Nadelmann and Tony Newman outline a 7-step plan to stop overdoses—105 people in the US die each day from heroin or pharmaceutical opioid ODs. The first step: Make treatment
... More »

Jersey Shore's New Problem: Heroin Overdoses

Fatal overdoses more than doubled last year in Ocean County, NJ

(Newser) - It's been a rough week for New Jersey , and an NBC News investigation only adds to the state's woes: It found that fatal heroin and prescription drug overdoses at the Jersey Shore more than doubled last year, with 112 deaths in Ocean County compared to 2012's 53... More »

Sheen's Ex: 6 ODs in 2 Years

Brooke Mueller is in rehab for 20th time, sources say

(Newser) - We've known for a while now that Brooke Mueller is in a dark place, but Radar today reveals just how dark: Sources say that over the past two years, she's overdosed six times and has been hospitalized on every such occasion. And her current stint in rehab (at... More »

Fatal Drug ODs Rise 11th Straight Year

Prescription medications at core of problem

(Newser) - Fatal drug overdoses rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to their risks. "The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head... More »

Bon Jovi Opens Up About Daughter's Heroin OD

Calls it a 'tragedy' but says 'we're good'

(Newser) - His daughter's drug possession charges have been dropped , but the gossip hasn't been so quick to fade away. So Bon Jovi himself addressed 19-year-old Stephanie Bongiovi's Nov. 14 heroin overdose in an interview with My Fox LA yesterday, calling it a "tragedy" but seeming relatively unruffled.... More »

Bon Jovi Daughter Arrested After Alleged Heroin OD

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi is OK, but facing charges

(Newser) - Police arrested Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter this morning after being called to her dorm room over a report that she had allegedly overdosed on heroin. Cops found Stephanie Rose Bongiovi alive at upstate New York's Hamilton College, but a drug task force also found heroin, marijuana, and... More »

Sage Stallone Died of Heart Disease, Not Drug OD

Small amount of Hydrocodone did not contribute to death

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone's son Sage died of heart disease, not a drug overdose, an autopsy has determined. There were no significant amounts of drugs found in the 36-year-old actor's system, reports the Los Angeles Times . The official cause of death was atherosclerotic coronary artery disease—hardening of the arteries—... More »

Thomas Kinkade Died of Booze, Valium OD: Coroner

Santa Clara coroner calls death 'accidental'

(Newser) - Painter Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium , according to a California coroner's report. "Mr. Kinkade died of respiratory depression as a result of a high concentration of ethanol combined with benzodiazepine use," the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office determined in a... More »

Heather Locklear Hospitalized After OD

She's distraught over non-marriage to Jack Wagner, says source

(Newser) - Actress Heather Locklear was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital yesterday after downing a dangerous mix of prescription pills and booze, according to officials. The 50-year-old Melrose Place actress was conscious when paramedics arrived and is responding well to treatment, sources told TMZ . Locklear was treated in 2008 for depression,... More »

Occupy Vancouver Woman Dies

She's found in tent unresponsive after suspected OD

(Newser) - An Occupy Vancouver tent city resident has died of a suspected drug overdose, and the city's mayor is calling for the encampment to be shut down. A woman in her 20s was found unresponsive in a tent and rushed to a local hospital over the weekend, but died shortly... More »

Ex-Busch CEO's Girlfriend OD'd on Oxycodone

Adrienne Martin was found at August Busch IV's home in December

(Newser) - The dead woman found at the home of ex-Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV accidentally overdosed on the painkiller oxycodone, the medical examiner said yesterday. Friends previously said Adrienne Martin, 27, was firmly against illegal drugs, but Busch had speculated medication she was taking could be to blame for her death.... More »

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