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Whitney Houston prescription drug inquiry includes Atlanta doctors

Chaka Khan, left, says "dangerous people" should have been kept from Whitney Houston

Chaka Khan, left, says "dangerous people" should have been kept from Whitney Houston

Investigators looking into the medications prescribed to the late Whitney Houston have been in contact with several Atlanta area doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

Tune into Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for more.

Toxicology results indicating what medications were in Houston’s system won’t be concluded for weeks, and inquiries into prescription medications are pretty common in cases of untimely deaths such as Houston’s, the Los Angeles Coroners Office says. She was 48.

The Associated Press quoted Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter noting that “similar measures are taken when a person dies in a car crash, shoots themselves or, as in Houston’s case, dies unexpectedly.”

This afternoon, Winter spoke with WSB’s Manuel Bojorquez, revealing that the investigation includes doctors and pharmacies in the Atlanta area, where Houston lived for many years. Winter did not identify the locations or specify how many have been contacted in connection with the investigation, but did say they had been helpful.

Houston’s struggles with substances were well known. Last May she was back in rehab, having publicly discussed her drug and alcohol issues. Her friend and fellow artist Kelly Price has given a number of interviews in recent days insisting Houston was fine during a party a couple of nights before she died, and had merely joined in a champagne toast with other Grammy guests. In this video clip she tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper there was nothing wrong with Houston that night.

“Everybody was having such a good time. We were laughing and singing and dancing,” Price said.

But Houston pal Chaka Khan pointed to “dangerous people” during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“Whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there,” Khan said. “To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away.”

Khan is on the list of people who will attend the funeral, which is being held at Houston’s childhood church in Newark, N.J.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

29 comments Add your comment

Hetch Hetchy

February 16th, 2012
6:36 pm

This is going to be a big mess, like Michael Jackson, James Brown, Anna Nicole Smith, etc. Aren’t drugs just great???

And why didn’t someone take her poor daughter away from her? That’s the real tragedy to me. Poor kid is bound to be all screwed up now.

rev al

February 16th, 2012
6:38 pm

Rev Al wants to be the main man at the funeral, but jesse tryin to horn in on his deal—someone tell jesse to back off—it al’s day.

just saying

February 16th, 2012
6:54 pm

Whitney was responsible for her own actions. If her friends and family were so worried about her they should have stepped in. Let the finger pointing begin….

ron

February 16th, 2012
6:54 pm

Ms. Brett
You wench,get a life.

RowdyD

February 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

Family did step and staged an intervention when Whitney lived in CCS. Whitney was admitted to rehab in California. Her daughter remained with Whitney’s brother and sister in law here in Alpharetta. Whitney had a relapse in 2011. There were no illegal drugs found in her room. Prescription drugs were found.
Pray that you are never faced with the disease of addition…i.e. addiction to drugs, be it illegal or legal, food, alcohol etc. It’s a battle to reckon with.

Team Jen

February 16th, 2012
7:38 pm

@ron Ms Brett’s job includes updating us on this drivel. I’m sure many of the stories she has to do makes her want to scream… but she gets paid for it.

You, on the otherhand, have contributed absolutely nothing of value to the topic and considering the quality of your “witty reparte”, you’re not paid for your literary talents. So please go back to watching Judge Judy and photoshopping a “flattering” pic of yourself for your AdultFriendFinder profile

And Jen, can we pu-leeze 86 any other Whitney stories? #agirlcandream Say hi to your dreamy hubby xo ScubaDiva

Mary

February 16th, 2012
7:42 pm

RowdyD..her friend that was interviewed last night, said it right she should have had someone go with her out there and protect her..her lastest bodyguards said that she was never allowed in the bathroom alone or in the tub, until her group changed recently..If someone that knew the whole situation was there this would have never happened. Also, yes drugs are awful but the doctors are responsbile to speak with one another, but she may have not been filling out the paperwork to let one doctor know what the other was doing?? Sad, I hope her brother takes her child and tries to help raise her in a normal environment but from what I am hearing from the money she will be getting that is almost going to be impossible..She is the one I hate it the most for is the child!!

Einstein

February 16th, 2012
8:13 pm

RowdyD -
I’ve suffered from the disease of addition… and after adding the same number to itself over and over and over, the only cure I found to work was to start multiplying. No intervention required either. In the end it all worked out. E = mc2

truth

February 16th, 2012
8:54 pm

….disease of addiction. Please give me a break. Cancer and things of this nature are a diseases. Drug addition, all be it horrible, is no disease. No one forces anyone to take drugs, that is a choice of that person. It is a “choice of addiction” not a disease.

Char

February 16th, 2012
8:59 pm

To be honest when I heard the news that Whitney had passed I was sadden but not shocked. I feel for Bobbi and I’m very worried about her, if the tabloids are true it seems as if she’s already on a bad path.

I’m very tired of hearing people place the blame on Bobby and family for Whitney’s troubles. She had great resources and support from many, but had no guts. This happens to a lot of Super Stars.

It was up to her to turn her life around –not Bobby, nor family. I hope she’s at peace now.

Laurie

February 16th, 2012
9:44 pm

Truth, ur so wrong. Addiction is a disease. A progressive disease. U obviously have no idea what ur talking about.

Jennifer Brett

February 16th, 2012
10:02 pm

Ron: My life (for now) is working as a celebrity blogger. My blog hit 1 million page views today, thanks in part to you.

xoxoxo Jennifer

Jennifer Brett

February 16th, 2012
10:03 pm

Scuba Diva:

I hear ya. Charlie and Walter the kitten both say hi.

oxoxo Jennifer

Kathy

February 17th, 2012
12:15 am

Whitney’s family said that she had been away from illegal drug use for a long time. It is misleading to use the word addiction as though she made a choice in her death. Whitney, like many others believed that she was being “treated” for her anxiety and depression. We all are in the same boat when we listen to doctors who listen to the pharmaceutical companies who put profit before welfare and safety. Even in low doses of antidepressants one whether celeb or non celeb face higher risks of diabetes, fatal pancreatic conditions and sudden cardiac death. Even when a person ceases their “treatment” Whitney just like anyone else would have experienced unpleasant physical symptoms-withdrawal symptoms not because she was deliberately through her own choice addicted but because of the bind that was set up by pharmaceutical companies who market anxiety and depression as an illness so that people buy their products for a cure. The side effects such as agitation, panic attacks, sudden mood changes, insommnia and inability to concentrate can be so unpleasant that it is not surprising that she would seek some relief through drinking and smoking. It is about time we point the finger back to the trigger and not the victim.
The question should be asked, without looking at her past, did her “treatment” cause her sudden death? Often when someone starts on antidepressants and they have induced agitation etc the patient is blamed not the antidepressant and it will be changed, upped or added to thus sending a person into further deterioration. Research shows that medicating depression as an illness can actually lengthen and increase the duration that they are depressed for years. Antidepressants are like a credit card-one day you have to pay up although it is the pharmaceutical companies that should.

Easy

February 17th, 2012
12:45 am

Beautiful, classy lady with the most beautiful voice ever allowed herself to become nothing more than a drug addict. Seen often around Alpharetta in public places spaced out and acting like a fool. She reaped what she sewed. Certainly not deserving of an American Flag being flown at half mast.

another comment

February 17th, 2012
1:35 am

Whitney was in Rehab at Ridgeview here in Atlanta at one time at well. An Aide that I had help me after back surgery, had worked at Ridgeview at the time and told me that ” Whitney tore up the place when she was at Ridgeview.”

Bobbie Christina was also treated at Ridgeview when she was around 15 years old. One of my daughter’s coaches was in treatment as a teen their at the same time as she came in. He told me that when she came in she thought she was going to be given some sort of “Special” treatment. She soon found out that she was treated like everyother teen their. We can only pray that she makes it my daughter lost her 23 year old brother to prescription drug OD this past year. Reading the Facebook messages his so called friends left was sad and disturbing. Especially, the two who where in the room for over 12 hours while he was dying or was dead before they called for help.

Mark

February 17th, 2012
2:13 am

Laurie: did someone make you take drugs? I didn’t think so. Spare us the sob story. She was an addict and it was her decision to do so.

Kat

February 17th, 2012
6:51 am

@another comment: If you had better communication skills, your words would have been much more powerful and your arguments would be more compelling.

To those who say addiction is not a disease, I say yes and no. First of all, if you have not been there, you can’t really speak to how it feels to be without your drugs. So it is best to not speak if you don’t understand something. For example, I don’t speak about nuclear science, or radiation or lacrosse, etc.

You try drugs through your own actions. You become an addict through your own actions. Where those drugs come from matters as well. Usually, people don’t decide that one day he/she will become a drug addict. They think that trying something at a party will be fun and exciting. Other times, a doctor prescribes a pain medication after surgery that takes away your pain and makes you feel better than you thought you would. So you want to obtain that feeling again. Without actual “pain,” you get that high that makes you feel better, more “alive” and able to conquer the world. Without a prescription, you can only get that high via street drugs (which I have NOT tried). But, things can start innocently (via doctor-prescribed medicine), and then go south quicker than you ever thought possible.

liberalefty

February 17th, 2012
10:03 am

its WHITNEYS fault that she was a junkie, and nobody elses

Drinking the water from a toilet.

February 17th, 2012
10:23 am

Why all the interest in a drug addict? Time to move on people. There are far worse things than this woman’s death.

Drinking the water from a toilet.

February 17th, 2012
10:37 am

Jennifer Brett
February 16th, 2012
10:02 pm

Ron: My life (for now) is working as a celebrity blogger. My blog hit 1 million page views today, thanks in part to you.

xoxoxo Jennifer

*******************************************************************************************************************
Really? You’re bragging about the number of hits your blog gets?

So very sad.

Jennifer Brett

February 17th, 2012
11:00 am

Dear “Drinking Water From a Toilet,”

Just stating the facts.

Jennifer

The lesson should be quite obvious...

February 17th, 2012
4:46 pm

DON’T DO DRUGS… Don’t sample, don’t taste, don’t try it because your friend says so, don’t try it because you can afford it, don’t try it because you’re curious, don’t try it to test what they say, don’t try it because you’re bored, don’t try it because you’re at a club, don’t try it because everyone else is, don’t try it because someone handed you a freebie, don’t try it because you think you are strong enough, don’t try it because you think you can stop when you want to, don’t try it because you are depressed, don’t try it because you’re looking for a good time, don’t try it because you are seeking an escape, don’t try it because you say you’ll do it just one time only, don’t try it because you want to be popular, don’t try it because you think it’s harmless, don’t try it because you are just wondering, don’t try it because your heroes use it. THE CHOICE IS YOURS. JUST SAY NO.

TAMMY

February 17th, 2012
5:45 pm

It is SOOOOO funny how people voice such RUDE COMMENTS behind the computer,just keep in mind there is A GOD THAT SITS HIGH AND LOOKS LOW and know who is saying what and how it is being said.None of us know when our day is coming BUT do TRUST AND BELIEVE U may soon eat ALL of the INSENSITIVE THINGS U ARE SAYING.SIMPLY RESPECT THAT SHE WAS SOMEONE OF THE PUBLIC EYE AND SHE WAS HUMAN AND LIKE A LOT OF US SHE MADE SOME BAD CHOICES.GOD BLESS U ALL AND PLEASE STOP BEING SO JUDGEMENTAL…

Been there before

February 17th, 2012
6:03 pm

We have no idea about what she did or did not do. What is seen of TV and read in articles is spotlighting. If you know someone that has used before, and they die, isn’t it assumed drugs caused the death. Be real people, Whitney was a wonderful artist, but she is no different than us. Do not be so quick on over praise or judgemental about her demons. We should be kind and caring to all

Bev

February 17th, 2012
8:09 pm

The problem is every time someone pass, we worry about what happened or what killed them. This is a time to just remember the person. It does not matter to me how she died all I know, she was still Whitney Houston the best voice ever and I will always remember her that way without all the negative. We all have a time to go and it was just her time but I will not sit here and talk negative about her life because we all have ups and downs.

Fry the big fish not the little

February 18th, 2012
9:25 am

Maybe you should be looking into the company that makes them and manfactures them why your at it.

Zoe

February 19th, 2012
1:34 pm

Allegedly doctors prescribe meds based on need. Nobody is forcing patients to take their meds. Nobody forced Ms. Houston to abuse drugs and medication. Leave the responsibility of what people consume, with the people. Ms. Houston’s unhealthy lifestyle and bad decisions tok her life. Finding excuses for her now is a bit too late.

SADIE

February 19th, 2012
10:02 pm

You could not have said it any better Zoe……..Love your comment