What Carrie Fisher’s Death Can Teach Us About Drug Addiction, And Why It’s So Hard to Beat

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By Amanda Macmillan

Original Source: health.com

Carrie Fisher had multiple drugs in her system when she died after suffering a heart attack in December, People reported today, including heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. A report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office stated that doctors were not able to “establish the significance” of these substances with regard to the cause of the actress’s death, which was earlier attributed to sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.

Regardless of whether these drugs played a direct role in Fisher’s passing at age 60, the revelation does highlight the actress’s long-time struggle with drug addiction—something she spoke openly about for many years. In an exclusive statement to People, Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, said that Fisher battled addiction and mental illness her entire life…click here to continue reading

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