So the results are in on what was floating around Amy Winehouse’s body at the time of her death, and while there is good news, there is also a bit of “you left something out” news.
The good news is that they didn’t find anything illegal like heroin or crack, the bad news is that they did find a presence of alcohol; and the “wait, what?” news is that they didn’t say anything about legal drugs like oxycontin and methadone.
“Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death. Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.” [source]
Not finding illegal drugs inside Amy Winehouse doesn’t mean drugs didn’t kill her. Just sayin’.
The most addictive prescription drugs are those that contain opiates. These opiate-based drugs include widely-used pills such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, OxyContin and other painkillers.
…But what makes the prescription drugs so addictive? The answer lies in the opiates themselves, and the effect they have on the human brain.
Opiates, such as the ones found in prescription drugs, create artificial endorphins in the brain -which produce, in the early stages of use warm, good feelings in the user. But over time, opiates trick the brain into stopping the production of these endorphins naturally. At this point, the only way a prescription drug addict can experience positive feelings is by using the drug in question.