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Philip Seymour Hoffman Died From Combination of Drugs: Medical Examiner


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, according to the New York City Medical Examiner. Experts say tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually in the United States are due to a mix of drugs.

In addition to heroin and cocaine, Hoffman had taken amphetamines and benzodiazepines, according to ABC News. He was found on February 2 with a needle in his arm. The medical examiner ruled his death accidental.

The addiction treatment medication buprenorphine was found in Hoffman’s apartment, along with 50 bags of heroin and a variety of prescription drugs, according to New York City detectives. ABC News reports authorities also found unused syringes and a charred spoon.

According to Dr. Len Paulozzi, a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of overdose deaths in the United States involve a combination of drugs. At least one-fifth also involve alcohol.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Bill / March 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Accidental means he was not trying to commit suicide, but ended up dying from taking to large of an amount. More than likely the heroin if he was found with a syringe in his arm. I would bet on a heroin over dose aided by other drugs in his body. Heroin is not a drug to messed with. Heroin in and of itself takes 100′s of live across the US daily, weekly, and more.

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    Randy / March 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I still don’t quite understand how this is considered an accidental death. Did he accidentally put the needle in his arm?

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