Friday, February 29, 2008

Two Doctors Cleared In Heath Ledger Investgation

Federal investigators have cleared two doctors in California and Texas of any wrongdoing in the death of actor Heath Ledger. The Drug Enforcement Agency interviewed the doctors earlier this week about prescriptions found in Heath’s apartment and determined they did not prescribe him the two most powerful drugs – Oxycontin and Vicodin, the New York Post reports. The doctors did meet with Heath but prescribed him other medications, according to investigators.

Heath died on January 22 in his Manhattan apartment from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Soon after the medical examiner released his cause of death, the DEA issued subpoenas to try to determine if there were medical conditions attached to all the drugs found in his apartment. That investigation is still ongoing.

Besides Oxycodone and Vicodin (also known as Hydrocodone), autopsy results also showed that Ledger's system contained Diazepam (commonly called Valium), as well as Temazepam, which treats anxiety or sleeplessness; Alprazolam (also known as Xanax); and Doxylamine, a sedating antihistamine often used as a sleeping aid.


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