The findings of the Los Angeles County Coroner are not the end of the Whitney Houston death investigation; they are, instead, just the beginning.
According to the Coroner, Houston accidentally drowned in her hotel room bathtub; no signs of foul play. But there was cocaine, a number of prescription drugs, and a number of over the counter drugs in her system, which, along with a heart condition possibly brought on or aggravated by years of drug abuse, impacted what happened. She didn’t die of an overdose, in other words, but the presence of drugs in her system could have contributed to whatever caused her to suddenly not be able to stay above the water in the tub.
The police, Coroner and likely the federal DEA, the Drug Enforcement Administration, will likely now investigate how she got those prescription drugs and from whom, and the source of the cocaine. The irony is that while a cocaine pusher might not face law enforcement scrutiny, Whitney Houston’s doctors might, for prescribing her any medication found in her system. The DEA is on a tear nationwide to try and ensnare doctors in prescription overdose prosecutions, and Whitney Houston’s doctors and pharmacists should expect to be contacted, if they have not already been, about prescription dose, frequency of refill, and all information relating to Houston’s use of the prescription pills. The DEA is likely looking for evidence that Houston was being given too much meds too frequently by doctors or pharmacists and that doctors and pharmacists should have known she was abusing. It’s probably a reach in this case; after all, it’s no surprise when a person who has admittedly used and abused drugs for years dies young, and contributing to the death are any number of drugs in her system at the time she died. But anyone who provided drugs to Whitney Houston – and specifically prescription drugs – had best take note and needs to be protected before speaking with investigators or complying with document requests.
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