Austin Box

Oklahoma Linebacker Died of “Mixed Drug Toxicity”

In another tragic example of legitimately prescribed pain medication leading to abuse, it was revealed yesterday that Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box had five different painkillers and a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug in his body at the time of his death.  Box was exposed to painkillers after multiple surgeries that followed football injuries.

In addition to the dangers of taking painkillers without medical supervision, this illustrates the potential deadly effects of mixing any depressant drug with other depressants.  The synergistic effects of the mixture are often greater than planned.

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