Actor's death from opioids underscores dangers of prescription drug abuse

February 11, 2008

The American Society of Addiction Medicine urges physicians to prescribe opioids with care following the death of actor Heath Ledger.

The recent death of actor Heath Ledger from the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine has underscored the dangers of misuse of prescription drugs. The