White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has called Whitney Houston’s death a “teachable moment” on prescription pill abuse. Kelikowske who is the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told CBS News that Houston’s addiction problems and death show how prescription pills affect people from all walks of life.
Though the cause of Houston’s death has not been released, many suspect it was due to a prescription pill overdose.
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“They’re coming right out of our medicine cabinets, and yet these drugs are as addictive and dangerous as any other drug,” Kerlikowske added.
Kerlikowske went on to say say that Houston’s past discussions regarding her drug use shows that the issue crosses all social and economic statuses. He described the issue as a disease that can be treated, managed and overcome with the right help.
“We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” Kerlikowske said.