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"micro" mental health mondays

it really does seem that things are conspiring to give me stuff to talk about on mondays with regards to mental health.

in this case, it's the follow-up on the death of whitney houston and the rumours about what might have caused it. first off, kudos to the l.a. coroner's office for basically telling the media to cool their jets, because the death is going to be investigated when and how the coroner deems fit. blood toxicology takes weeks to complete and no amount of media pressure for information is going to speed that process up.

it has been reported that houston had prescription medications in her room, although medical professionals have told reporters that that's hardly cause for alarm. most people have a few prescriptions in their house and take them along when they travel. that gets no argument from me, however i was sort of curious at the specific medications that were listed: lorazepam, valium and xanax.

what jumped out at me there was that those are all benzodiazepines [drugs generally given to relieve anxiety]. while they're among the most prescribed drugs in the united states, i cannot fathom why anyone would need to have three different prescriptions for drugs that do basically the exact same thing. that strikes me as odd, particularly since benzos are addictive and houston was a recovering addict.

not to go all michael jackson here, but you'd think that her doctor would have known better than to prescribe her three different flavours of potential problem area.

just saying.

curious about benzos and what they do? i did a fairly in-deoth [but not overly technical] piece on them here.

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