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Cory Monteith's likely death most common form of 'injury' death

by Heather Warlick Published: July 16, 2013

 

Photographs and notes are placed at a memorial for Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday July 15, 2013. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his room at the hotel on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press)
Photographs and notes are placed at a memorial for Canadian actor Cory Monteith outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday July 15, 2013. Monteith, 31, was found dead in his room at the hotel on Saturday, according to police, who have ruled out foul play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

The sad news of Cory Monteith’s death Saturday in Vancouver has come as a huge shock for many, “Gleeks” and other admirers of the young actor/singer’s talent and charisma.

What is known of Monteith’s double life, with his candid remarks about his past drug and alcohol abuse and recovery attempts, and his recent month-long visit to rehab, makes it clear that he struggled until the end of his life with bouts of substance abuse between periods of sobriety.

With many speculating an accidental drug overdose as Monteith’s likely cause of death, here are a few things we can learn from this sad and unnecessary death.

Accidental overdoses are all too common.

Drug abuse is now the most common form of “injury” death in America, according to The Watershed, a drug rehab center in South Florida.

And things aren’t getting better. In the United States, deaths due to drug abuse increased 102 percent between 1999 and 2010. And 78 percent were unintentional, not suicides.

The Watershed asks that you remember Monteith’s words of advice from his 2011 interview with New York Times Magazine.

Montheith: “I don’t want kids to think it’s OK to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actor too, but for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.”

Heather

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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