Oxycontin? Valium? Xanax? That’s quite a cocktail, and one that can kill you if you take them all together, which is what actor Heath Ledger did, contributing to his death, according to the medical examiner. There was also the painkiller ibuprofen and sleeping pills, Restoril and Unisom.
Now the only mystery is why the death has been declared accidental.
Doctors who prescribe are supposed to know what other prescriptions the patient is taking. And so are the pharmacists for precisely this reason. And they’re supposed to advise the patient of the dangers of combining drugs. Either they didn’t do that, or he didn’t pay attention.