DETROIT (WWJ) – Details of Whitney Houston’s autopsy report are indicating a Detroit connection.
According to the official report, Houston had at least two prescriptions filled here in Detroit in the months before her death. One was for Xanax, which was filled at a Walgreens store on Jefferson, near Mount Elliot.
The other prescription was for an antibiotic called Augmentin that was filled at a CVS on Woodward Ave. near Michigan Ave.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950, Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz said it’s important to determine who prescribed all the medications Houston was taking, and why.
“Of course, if they are prescribed, then often times there’s some scrutiny on the physicians who are prescribing those medications to make sure they are prescribing them appropriately,” Spitz said.
Some found the number of drugs Houston was taking shocking. In addition to cocaine, the autopsy report says she had Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system when she died. She had a hole in her nose, reportedly from years of drug abuse, and 12 different prescriptions in her name.
Spitz said, unfortunately, a prescription regimen like Houston’s isn’t that uncommon.
“And the death of Whitney Houston, while a very high-profile event, is not that very much different than many cases that local medical examiners get on a daily … on a weekly basis,” he said.
Spitz said prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. He said doctors prescribing these medications need to be aware of the rampant abuse that occurs to try to decrease the number of drug-related deaths.
Houston was in Detroit to film the movie “Sparkle,” which will be released in theaters this summer.