Heath Ledger's Golden Globe Award a Reminder of Deadly Outcome of Prescription Drug Abuse

Heath Ledger's Golden Globe Award a Reminder of Deadly Outcome of Prescription Drug Abuse

Novus Medical Detox Facility of Pasco County, Florida Director, hopes that the posthumous awards that Mr. Ledger’s screen performance in The Dark Knight are earning will bring attention to the deadly nature of prescription drug abuse. “These substances respect no one, no matter how talented, how young or how vital.” the Director said. “They are equal opportunity killers.”

The twenty-eight year old actor died from an overdose of prescription drugs in January 2008, having just completed filming the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight. A year later the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination are accepted by others on his behalf, accentuating the loss of a remarkable young artist.

The National Safety Council identified unintentional drug overdoses as one of the most significant home and community safety issues leading to an increase in deaths. In 2006, an estimated 24,000 people died in the U.S. from unintentional drug overdoses, which represents a 100 percent increase since 2000. Drug overdoses have now surpassed drunken driving as the largest single source of unintentional injury death in the United States. Prescription drugs accounted for half of such fatalities in 2005 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the numbers have only gotten worse since then.

“While people recognize that “street”drugs can be deadly, most people don't recognized that these “legal” drugs can be even more deadly and as addictive. This is a message that we have to get out.” the Director concluded. “The life you save may be your own.”

Medical drug detox is often a necessary step in dealing with addiction, abuse or dependence and is effective in dealing with problems with prescription drugs, heroin and even high-dose Methadone. While many medical drug detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox Center specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.2 wooded acres 45 minutes north of Tampa, FL, offers private rooms, TV and high speed internet access. Detoxification programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs including opiate detox, heroin detox, psychotropic detox, alcohol detox, benzodiazepine detox and prescription drug detox. They can be reached at

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