Local Addiction Expert Talks About Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston had admitted to drug addiction in the past, and now with prescription drugs found in her room experts are speculating on her cause of death.
But coroner's have not ruled Houston's cause of death yet.
Intervention expert, Ken Seeley, talked to us about addiction.
The legendary singer's voice was silenced too soon, at the age of 48, one night before she was expected to appear at the Grammys.
"We watched the behaviors, we knew something was wrong, we knew it, so why is she taking anything at all?" asked Seeley.
Police say they found prescription drugs in Houston's hotel room.
Addiction expert, Ken Seeley, says an admitted addict should not be taking anything.
"For addicts we can't take anything mind altering, it will kill us and here's another prime example, and shame on the people around her that didn't step up and speak up."
Seeley says doctors should not be giving out these prescriptions.
"She admitted she's an addict, she flat out admitted that numerous times, on many interviews, and yet a doctor feels its okay to give them a mind-altering addictive pain medication, or sleeping medication, what is wrong with the system is what I want to ask."
There were not large amounts of pills in Houston's room, but Seeley says that doesn't matter.
"You could take forty pills, or you could take one pill, its just how your body is going to accept it at that point, and if your organs can tolerate it."
Prescription drug abuse is killing thousands of people every year in the United States.
"There's 40 funerals a day happening right now in this country because of prescription drugs, so what are we doing about it as society on telling these doctors they can not prescribe to these addicts," said Seeley.
Founder of Intervention 911, Seeley says what America needs right now is an intervention on prescription drug dependence.
"I don't care if you're a multi-millionaire or if you don't have two dimes to scrape together, there's treatment out there for you."
Seeley opened a sober living house here in the desert, Ken Seeley Recovery Community in Palm Springs, to give people a long-term chance to break their addictions.
Once again, Whitney Houston's cause of death still has not been ruled on by the coroner.