Actor Blake Heron, best known for the 1996 film “Shiloh,” has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 35. He was found dead by his girlfriend at his home in La Crescenta on the morning of Sept. 8, 2017, authorities said.
According to media reports, Heron was pronounced dead after first responders failed to revive him with Narcan and other life-saving measures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, without referring to Heron, reported to having responded to a call of a person not breathing at a home in the 3000 block of Alabama Street. First responders found a 35-year-old man “who appeared to be suffering from an apparent overdose of an illicit narcotic substance,” suggested a sheriff’s department statement.
The actor, who played a child in “Shiloh,” was allegedly addicted to heroin and was recently discharged from a rehab. In addition to starring in “Shiloh,” Heron had appeared in supporting roles in films including “11:14” and “We Were Soldiers.” Recently, he had acted in a documentary titled “A Thousand Junkies,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Celebrities dying of overdose
Many celebrities have succumbed to a drug overdose in the past. Philip Seymour Hoffman famous American actor, director and producer was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment in February 2014. The 46-year-old Oscar winning actor had reportedly succumbed to an acute mixed drug intoxication, including cocaine, amphetamine, benzodiazepines and heroin. Famous playboy Jennifer Lyn Jackson, American actor and comedian Chris Farley, actor and musician River Phoenix are among other famous personalities who lost their lives to drug overdoses.
Drug overdose cripples US
Drug overdose deaths, especially involving opioids, is on the rise in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of opioid-related overdose deaths, including prescription drugs and heroin, has increased four times since 1999. More than six out of ten overdose deaths in the country involve an opioid.
Studies show overdose from prescription opioids as a prominent factor driving an increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last 15 years. Despite the stringent prescribing guidelines from agencies, including the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC, nothing much has changed in all these years. However, the declaration of emergency on opioids is expected to change things in the coming times.
There is a need to raise awareness among people about the wise use of painkillers, which includes safe storage and proper disposal of extra stocks. Moreover, people battling opioid addiction should be encouraged to seek timely treatment at a reputed rehab center for an early recovery and prevent complications.
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