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Are Celebrity Deaths Foreshadowing a National Pill-Popping Epidemic?
Addict Nation tackles the issue of cultural addictions, and promises to shine a light on those who would profit off of our misery.
Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host of "Issues" on CNN Headline News

The new book “Addict Nation” explores America’s love affair with prescription drugs.

The list of celebrities who have overdosed on legal prescription drugs is long and growing fast. Music legend Michael Jackson died after his doctor gave him a head-spinning cocktail of drugs including Valium, Lorazepam, and Midazolam, plus the painkiller Lidocane, topped off with Propofol. Health Ledger OD’d in his fashionable Manhattan loft on a combination of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Temazepam, Vicodin, Xanax , Restoril and Unisom. Anna Nicole Smith’s autopsy revealed Lexapro, Zoloft, Cipro, Klonopin, Valium, Lorazepam, Ativan, Robaxin and the powerful sleep aid Chloral Hydrate in her system.  Celebrity deaths are bringing into focus our national addiction to prescription drugs, and we're all wondering who's next!

There’s a growing trend in America to try and solve all manner of discomfort, real or imagined, physical or emotional, with a pill. That tendency has morphed into a “cultural addiction.” Nationwide, deaths from prescription drug overdoses are the second-leading cause of accidental death behind car accidents. In some states, prescription O.D.’s are the leading cause of accidental fatalities.

But, this epidemic is being, for the most part, ignored. Why? My new book “Addict Nation” reveals there are billions of dollars made each year on legal drugs, and the pharmaceutical industries have become our “pushers.”

"Addict Nation" tackles the issue of cultural addictions, and seeks to shine a light on those who would profit off of our misery. The book is meant to be a blueprint for change, but first we must see what is really going on.