Whitney Houston's Tragic Death: Would Legalizing Drugs Help Those Battling Addiction?

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Whitney Houston's Tragic Death: Would Legalizing Drugs Help Those Battling Addiction?
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As the world still mourns singer Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson’s untimely deaths, we receive the news that legendary pop and R&B singer Whitney Houston has also died.

Though Houston’s cause of death is still unknown, there are reports that the singer may have been mixing Xanax with alcohol before stepping into a bath in her hotel room in Los Angeles on the eve of the Grammy’s. Houston was as well known for her breathtaking voice as she was for her checkered past abusing drugs and alcohol.

Jackson, Whinehouse, and Houston were all known to have a history of drug addiction, abuse, and depression. With all of the fame and riches at their disposal it is hard for some to understand how these incredibly talented performers could lose their battle with addiction.

TMZ reports singer Tony Bennett’s reaction to Houston’s death and the solution (some may call unusual) that he offered up at a pre-Grammy’s party. Bennett said, “First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now the magnificent Whitney Houston. Let's legalize drugs, like Amsterdam, it's a very sane city now."

What was your reaction to Whitney Houston’s passing?

Do you think there would have been any benefit to Jackson, Winehouse, or Houston if drugs were legalized?
 

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  • SimplyDavia By SimplyDavia
    02.27.12  

    Rx drugs are killing people at a frightening rate and it's so scary to see that people underestimate the powefulness Of Rx drugs... Dr. Drew talks about this misconception extensively (Fri episode). I have lost 5 people in the last 2 years due to Rx abuse/misuse.

  • marti3276 By marti3276
    02.19.12  

    Legalizing "drugs" would not solve any problems. Addiction is addiction, a disease. People who abuse drugs for the fun of it or to check out on reality will do what they please, whether drugs are illegal or not. Our state is trying to legalize marijuana. People in support of this must not really understand the negative effects that marijuana cause socially, economically, and physically. Regular marijuana use can cause lung problems, make the user unmotivated and withdrawn, and it also costs a considerable amount of Money. Other illegal drugs are illegal because they have been proven to be detrimental to society at large and to families and individuals.

  • FreeBeingX By FreeBeingX
    02.16.12  

    Common sense is already legal. Being human is, for so many of us, being weak at times and bad in our judgement. Sex being legal does not stop rape. Legalization is not the problem here. That's just my opinion.

  • Suzhappy By Suzhappy
    02.15.12  

    No I don't think legalizing drugs would help the problem at all. I agree with what the others said about us being a dependent society and legalizing drugs would just allow more abuse and demise.

  • kymnasium By kymnasium
    02.14.12  

    My reaction to her passing is sadness not cause of maybe a drug overdose but because she made beauitful music for us to listen too & was so young to pass on. Feels a litle end to a great era of music from my time. I think legalizing drugs wouldn't have made a difference, everyone's body is different on how they react to drugs and maybe even if it was legal who knows how much anyone's body could handle before something fatal happens.

  • kailarl69 By kailarl69
    02.14.12  

    The question is... why WOULD legalizing drugs help those battling addiction??? Legalizing drugs will just create more and more people like Whitney and Michael! So NO legalizing drugs is def not the answer!!!

  • Trudy13 By Trudy13
    02.14.12  

    I grew up with an alcoholic parent who was also addicted to prescription drugs. Legalizing would have done nothing except provide more heartbreak to our family including making it easier for my siblings to get drugs and become addicted themselves. My hubby is an ER physician who works with drug addicts all night. I asked him if it would be easier to legalize the drugs and he said absolutely not. It will cause more heartbreak. Those addicts will still be addicts. I wish those that want to legalize drugs could spend a week in the ER during night shifts with my hubby before they made a final decision.

  • Adinaofcolorado By Adinaofcolorado
    02.13.12  

    Legalizing drugs would make it safe for individuals to try different treatment approaches until they found what worked for them. As it is, people are forced into programs that don't work for everyone. The only thing these programs do is generate revenue. If people who were required to be in a program had the option of trying different ones without a penalty if the program didn't work for them - that would be a great thing. Right now there is no way to know what programs really work - people do whatever they have to do to get through the program and avoid going to jail.

  • hippychick By hippychick
    02.13.12  

    It was reported after Amy Winehouses autopsy she died of alcohol poisoning, she also had emphysema and cirrhosis of the liver. She was only 27, the drugs she was addicted to were legal cigaretts and alcohol. Such a same so young i can't imagine how many cigaretts or how much alcohol you would need to comsume daily to get those diseases at such a young age. So sad.

  • hippychick By hippychick
    02.13.12  

    I read the police found several bottles of prescribed medicine if she was addicted to drugs she had them leagally prescribed. If your addicted to any drug you'll do whatever it takes to get that drug doesn't matter if its legal or not.

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