Reports are coming through that Amy Winehouse, who tragically ended her life last July, had Librium [Chlordiazepoxide] in her system.
Librium is usually prescribed as an anxiety medication from the drug class of benzodiazepines and is used in the treatment of anxiety symptoms and anxiety disorders. It has also been used to treat alcohol withdrawal. I find it odd that such a drug would be prescribed as one of the many warning for this particular benzo is: "Drinking alcohol while taking Librium may increase your risk for serious reactions and side effects. In general, drinking alcohol while on Librium is not recommended."
According to The Express her father, Mitch, said toxicology reports indicated traces of alcohol together with the anti-anxiety drug Librium.
“Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” he said in an interview on American TV talk show Anderson. He added: “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”
He said his daughter, whose most famous song, Rehab, has her answering “no, no, no” when told to go to rehab, was trying to kick her alcoholism without a doctor’s help.
He said: “The periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter. It was heading in the right direction.”
The Yellow Card reporting system, set up by the MHRA for doctors to report bad reactions to prescription drugs, shows that there have been 19 fatalities, five of which were caused by 'cardiac disorders', associated with patients taking Librium [Fig 1]
The MHRA's Yellow Card Reporting System has come under fire in the past for it's lack of follow ups to reported adverse events to prescription drugs. I write about this in my book, The evidence, however, is clear...the Seroxat scandal [Chipmunka Publishing]
More, I'm sure, will be revealed when a full inquest into the death of Amy Winhouse begins next month.