Celebrity Drug Overdoses

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Heroine (2014)
Chris Kelly (Kriss Kross) - Speedball of Cocaine and Heroine (2013)
Whitney Houston - Cocaine (2012)
Michael Jackson - Propofol along with Lorazepam, Diazepam and Midazolam (2009)
Heath Ledger - oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, diazepam, temazepam (2008)
Ol' Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan) - Cocaine and Tramado (2004)
Chris Farley - Cocaine and Morphine (1997)
River Phoenix - Heroine and Cocaine (1993)
John Belushi - Speedball; Cocaine and Heroine/Morphine (1982)
  • There are over 38,000 drug overdose deaths per year in the United States, 75% of which are opioid-related.
  • Opioid overdose accounts for about 6,500 deaths per year in the European Union, and was recently cited as the number one cause of preventable death among young men in Spain.
  • The sale of prescribed drugs like oxycodone has increased by 300 percent over the past decade, paralleled by a 20 percent increase in abuse and a 124 percent increase in fatal overdoses