Ledger’s doctors under investigation

Heath LedgerThe doctors who prescribed the medications that led to Heath Ledger’s death are under investigation by federal drug authorities, according to People.com. Ledger, 28, was found dead at his New York apartment on January 22. Autopsy results showed that he died from an accidental mix of prescription drugs. A source told People: “We are investigating doctors in Los Angeles and Texas with regard to Ledger’s prescriptions.” As for whether they believe there were any laws broken, the source said, “We don’t know yet. The agents were there this week, and we are waiting to hear from them.” The investigation is underway to determine whether the drugs were prescribed legally.

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  1. tributegirl • February 28, 2008 @ 11:02 AM

    Good, I’m glad there is some kind of investigation going on, as I’ve never believed he did it on purpose.

  2. Anonymous • February 28, 2008 @ 11:08 AM

    This has nothing to do with him doing it on purpose or not. It has to do with the doctors who may or may not have illegaly prescribed those drugs.

  3. Anonymous • February 28, 2008 @ 1:10 PM

    it has to do with the legal doses of medications and whether or not he was given these prescriptions of he recieved these medications another way. all doctors know the risk of mixing medications they always ask and check doses of all your medications, if he was going to multiple doctors to recieve multiple medications things start to get a little sketchy.

  4. eddf • February 28, 2008 @ 4:17 PM

    who cares he used to had drug before, thats the reason he died anyways

  5. Anonymous • February 28, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

    Unfortunately, a LOT of patients lie to the doctors they see in order for them to get their drugs of choice. It somehow makes it more legitimate, in their minds, for them to take “prescribed” drugs as opposed to buying them from street dealer.

    The question one should ask is how many different doctors did Heath visit and get prescriptions for the collection of drugs he had? Let’s not forget how many people lie to their pharmacists about what else they are taking and who’s warnings fall on deaf ears.

    It was hardly one doctor’s fault and, of course, no fault can be attributed to Heath. But, this certainly will open the whole legal can of worms so his estate can sue.

    I’m so tired of these celebs with their dependency issues and wreckless behaviour.

  6. Nancy • February 28, 2008 @ 8:43 PM

    There is also something else to take into consideration……he worked in other countries for months at a time, so pretty much guaranteed he had doctors prescribing his meds there too. If I recall correctly, it was in the media that he had been seeing a Dr. in Britain while filming there. Different countries=different laws.

  7. Anonymous • February 28, 2008 @ 10:08 PM

    Equals multiple doctors and multiple pharmacists with no connectivity of information across international borders.

    This poor doctor they’re going after has become the classic scapegoat.

  8. Anonymous • February 29, 2008 @ 8:54 AM

    Heath was an idiot. Why should any doctor have to pay for a patients stupidity.

  9. Nancy • February 29, 2008 @ 9:20 AM

    This is why they are investigating! To see if it was Heath’s “stupidity” as you call it, or if it was his doctor’s “responsibility”. This is a big part of the problem with the world today…..that there is NO LAW AGAINST STUPIDITY!

  10. Anonymous • February 29, 2008 @ 9:25 AM

    “there is NO LAW AGAINST STUPIDITY”

    sure there is, it’s called survival of the fittest.

  11. Anonymous • February 29, 2008 @ 9:27 AM

    So because he’s famous, it matters whether or not he was too stupid to live?

  12. Jo-Anne • February 29, 2008 @ 9:45 AM

    “Stupid” is harsh. He made a tragic mistake and obviously paid for it with his life. Such a waste. I am unsure fault lies with anyone, he was perhaps disturbed, depressed, unhappy, anxious….the list goes on. Who really knew his state of mind? Perhaps those closer to him. “Stupid” – how cruel is that? If that was your brother, father, friend, and it hit closer to home for you, would you would be there for them in their neediness, or just call them “stupid” and move onto something more important in your lives, such as trashing a troubled actor’s name.

  13. Anonymous • February 29, 2008 @ 10:09 AM

    We all hit hard times in life, people that choose drugs to get through the hard times are stupid. My brother and father wouldn’t use drugs, and I wouldn’t keep around friends that did. That makes your point moot. The fact that you came on here, read things and commented would also imply that you have nothing important to be doing right now either.

  14. Nancy • February 29, 2008 @ 10:15 AM

    With all the warnings about the addictiveness and the effects of drugs and alcohol I agree with Anonymous on this one! It is “STUPIDITY” plain and simple!! Stop making excuses for people who abuse drugs and alcohol, they make up enough of their own excuses. We all have stress and problems in our lives….deal with it!! We have all felt pain and taken medication to relieve it. People have learned fast that the “I didn’t know” excuse usually gets them off the hook!!

  15. tributegirl • February 29, 2008 @ 11:04 AM

    Anonymous on Februaru 28, 2008 1:10pm

    “all doctors know the risk of mixing medications they always ask and check doses of all your medications,”

    All doctors SHOULD know the risks and SHOULD always ask, but some of them really don’t know (there is one in my town who should be stripped of his licence to practice), and some of them DON’T ask. And, really, some of them just don’t care. Anyone ever heard of Chris Benoit???
    Sometimes it is stupidity, sometimes it was done on purpose by the patient, but sometimes it really is the doctors fault, and that’s why I’m glad they are investigating.

  16. Anonymous • February 29, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

    Don’t even compare Heath’s case with Chris Benoit. Chris Benoit used steroids, and the ones he used were NOT prescribed by his doctor. In addition, there is a possibility that the real cause of his death (and that of his family) was the direct result of multiple concussions from blows to his head in the ring; said concussions causing serious damage to the various lobes of the brain affecting personality. The steroids may have only been a small contributing factor.

    Heath, on the other hand, convinced a variety of doctors to give him prescription that in combination can be dangerous. We only hear that he had the combination in him at the time of death but the one thing we have not heard is what quantity of each drug did he have and what level of toxicity did he have (because the actual dose you have taken and the amount of residual drugs from long-term use make a difference).

  17. Nancy • February 29, 2008 @ 5:07 PM

    It all boils down to ‘OPIATS’

  18. Anonymous • March 1, 2008 @ 12:21 AM

    Opiates, barbiturates, stimulants. I think he took all and then some.

  19. Jo-Anne • March 1, 2008 @ 9:30 AM

    Well, Anonymous, good for you, you wouldn’t “keep them around” who used drugs and I assume, dump them? Me, on the other hand, would try everything to get my friends or family the help they needed to dump the drugs – I am not making excuses for drugs, Nancy, rather looking for a way to help people in need of help. I still believe name calling of “stupid” does Nothing to solve a very real problem society has. However, you choose to call Stupid and I would choose to offer help over that, to each his own, I am sure many people who were offered help found their way off of drugs. I think it’s definitely worth a shot, especially when you see the tragic results.

  20. Anonymous • March 1, 2008 @ 3:44 PM

    a saint exists, who woulda thunk it?

  21. tributegirl • March 1, 2008 @ 8:48 PM

    Anonymous on February 29, 2008 3:32 pm

    Chris Benoit’s so called doctor did prescribe him him a lot of illegal drugs, including the human growth hormone for his son. What I was saying, anonymous,was that sometimes doctors do really stupid things and should be charged. I don’t care about the concussions, I was talking about quack doctors who should have their licenses stripped, bad doctors do exist you know. And maybe that is what happened to Heath.

    You say Heath convinced a variety of doctors to give him prescriptions? How do you know that? Did you accompany him on his doctors appointments? Wow, you sure do have some amazing insight, but if you’ll pardon me, I think I’ll just disregard your opinion.

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