“….Georgiou dismissed claims Michael was taking Class A drugs before his death, insisting he had ‘stopped all the naughty stuff’.
He told The Times: ‘He was on antidepressants but he wasn’t doing drugs any more.
‘He had swapped drugs for drink but he was doing better. The craziest thing is that when we were 20, 21 he used to say he’d die young….”
As 2016 came to a close, the death of singer George Michael made headline news across the world. Post-mortem results have been- thus far- inconclusive. However similar to the other celebrity deaths in recent times, it seems a lot of these cases usually involve multiple uses of prescriptions drugs over long periods of time – something termed- Polypharmacy.
George Michael’s erratic behavior has been well documented over the years, as has his experiences of depression, and anti-depressants too…
“…Chawla said the singer – who had used prescription medication to deal with his anxiety, depression and insomnia over a long period – had attempted to wean himself off drugs in March this year. He had some success, but later found “the feelings of anxiety and insomnia appeared to have redoubled”…”
He told police after his arrest:
“I’m so ashamed of it. It is so ridiculously dangerous and that is why I have stayed away from them [the antidepressants], even though I still have insomnia and I had some anxiety.” He had only started taking the drug recently, he said, adding: “They are a recent thing, and it’s taken me a whole week to fuck up again.”
“…He went on a diet of Prozac and cannabis. The Prozac made his head even worse, he says. “At first you’re flying about, snapping at people one minute, really happy the next, and I made some disastrous business decisions,” he said….
The Press and the public, still largely seem to think, that just because medication for depression is available for prescription that it must be safe. The fact that anti-depressants legally prescribed (by a doctor) gives these drugs an aura of legitimacy which illegal drugs don’t have.
However, often prescribed drugs (such as SSRI- anti-depressants, Benzos, etc) can induce horrific side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and they can also be just as dangerous as any illegal drugs (if not more so- in some instances).
The polypharmacy induced deaths and shortened life-spans of celebrities highlights the generally dangerous and irresponsible prescribing habits of many doctors. Of course medication induced deaths, injury, disability and shortened lifespans/quality of life etc – has been happening to the general public, as well, for decades.
Robert Whitakers ‘Anatomy of an epidemic’ is essential reading in this regard.
In Whitakers award winning book- he describes how psychiatric patients’ lives are considerably blighted by the drugs they are prescribed…
It will be interesting to see what they have been prescribing George Michael all these years..
Unfortunately it’s likely his death is linked to the polypharmacy prescribing habits of many celebrity doctors nowadays..
And the rest…
All had very poor health ‘care’ outcomes and treatment (in particular from the psychiatric profession)
Even though they were very wealthy and had access to the best orthodox ‘medicine’ , their deaths are still linked to the drugs they were prescribed…
Perhaps ‘orthodox’ medicine has been poisoning us all for far too long?