Famous Prescription Drug Addicts
While some of the rich and famous celebrities around the world
are known for dealing with the pressures of stardom with drugs
and alcohol, there have also been plenty who have been hooked
on prescription medication as well. Some of these addictions took
place for years, right under the noses of the celebrities' doctors
(or even with their physicians' help).
Rush Limbaugh is the first example
of a celebrity prescription drug addict. This popular conservative
talk radio host was charged with receiving a shipment of Oxycodon
(an opioid used for pain) illegally and he had to admit he had
been hooked on the prescription medication for years. He finally
needed to enter a drug rehabilitation center to receive treatment
for the addiction.
Chevy Chase is another example on our list of famous prescription
drug addicts. This inventive comedian from the original cast of
"Saturday Night Live" spent decades fighting against
his addiction to prescription painkillers. He originally planned
to use the painkillers to relieve the pain in his back from his
famous pratfalls. But finally he could not stop taking the pills
and regularly checked himself into the Betty Ford drug rehab center
Another famous celebrity on the list addicted to prescription
painkillers was the King of Pop, Michael
Jackson. After the infamous accident in 1984 where Jackson's
hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial, Jackson
started taking painkillers. Then in 1993 Jackson hurt his back
when rehearsing for tour and became addicted to Demerol.
The King and I ...
Long before the King of Pop was destroying himself with a prescription
drug addiction, so was the King of Rock N Roll, Elvis
Presley. Before his singing career took off Presley used drugs
in the military. After fame and success, the rock star, over time
proceeded to have multiple addictions to multiple drugs, mostly
prescribed by his personal physician Dr. George Nichopoulos. Presley
died of a drug overdose on August 16, 1977.
Matthew Perry is another example of an "A" list celebrity
having a prescription drug addiction. He suffered from Vicodin
addiction and he needed to enter the rehab center to deal with
it during the height of his "Friends" career in 1997.
A few other famous persons and celebrities on the list who are
known to have suffered from prescription drug addictions include
Anna Nicole Smith, Marilyn
Monroe, Keith Moon, Brittany Murphy,
Tila Tequila, Melanie Griffith, Chaka Khan, Jerry Lewis, Eva Mendes,
Britney Spears and Heath
These are the known celebrities and famous stars who have dealt
with or been done in by prescription drug addictions. Many others
have died from short-term use of prescription medication via overdose
and still many others have flown under the radar and have not
have their addictions publicized.