Luma Simms is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; her essays, articles, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications including National Affairs, Law and Liberty, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, the Institute for Family Studies, and others.

Carrie Fisher's Death Reminds Us How Drug Use Becomes Habit, Not Merely Addiction

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Los Angeles County’s Coroner’s Office’s publicly stated that after examining Carrie Fisher’s body they’ve concluded she died from sleep apnea and “other undetermined factors.” Those “undetermined factors” turned out to be drugs. People magazine obtained an official toxicology report yesterday; it shows that Carrie Fisher had heroin, cocaine, methadone, ethanol, traces of anti-depressants, antihistamine, and ecstasy in her body. The actress was flying from London to Los Angeles last December when she had a heart attack; she died in hospital several days later without regaining consciousness.

We all know Carrie Fisher as the beautiful and courageous heroine, Princess Leia, from the space opera Star Wars. But beneath the beauty and courage was a woman who had bipolar disorder and began using drugs from the time she was 13 years old. I’m afraid there are far too many people who fit that same description.

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