According to the Medical Examiner’s office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose on Dec. 3. The toxicology report revealed that the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman died from a combination of cocaine, MDMA and alcohol. Weiland struggled for many years with a drug abuse and addiction problem. According to the Medical Examiner’s office, this history of substance abuse contributed to his death. “Other significant conditions are noted as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, history of asthma and multi-substance dependence,” said the report.
The singer’s talents were often overshadowed by his drug abuse. He was known to repeatedly miss concerts and had attended rehab several times, only to later relapse. Weiland was arrested in 1995 for heroin and cocaine possession, and then later arrested and charged with DUI in 2003 and 2007. His ex-wife, Mary Forsberg, wrote the following in Rolling Stone Magazine: “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it.”
Mixing alcohol with other drugs can prove to be a deadly combination, like in the case of Weiland. Combining alcohol with cocaine leads to adverse reactions in the body. Alcohol is a depressant and cocaine is a stimulant. Once both are in the body, they essentially compete with one another , confusing the brain and central nervous system. These two drugs can lead to an increased risk of heart attack and death. The Those who drink alcohol and take MDMA are at risk of overheating and extreme dehydration. Many ecstasy related deaths involve alcohol. This combination leads to a rapid loss of fluids and puts more strain on the kidneys and liver.
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