The Drugs That Caused Demi Lovato’s Overdose Have Been Identified
New details surrounding Demi Lovato‘s nearly fatal drug overdose have emerged, and while they are upsetting, we are so glad she’s currently getting the help she needs so that this never happens again.
According to TMZ, in the early morning hours of July 24th, Demi returned home from celebrating a friend’s birthday at Hollywood restaurant Saddle Ranch. It was then that Demi proceeded to text a drug dealer who she allegedly has been using since May. After receiving his text, the drug dealer arrived at 4am, and the two allegedly inhaled Oxycodone from tinfoil, also known as “freebasing.” The Oxycodone was apparently laced with an opiate called fentanyl — the same drug that killed Prince, Tom Petty and Lil Peep. Once the dealer noticed Demi was in bed breathing very heavily, he reportedly fled her home, where she remained until staff and friends found her at 11:30am. An assistant called 9-1-1, and while waiting for the medics to arrive, one friend allegedly used Narcan that they had on hand to revive Demi.
Demi was immediately brought to the hospital, where she remained for two weeks, before being transferred to an out-of-state rehab facility. Last Friday, the “Tell Me You Love Me” singer flew with her mom to Chicago to meet with an addiction specialist who focuses on sobriety, mental health and wellness.
According to E! News, “[Demi] will be in rehab for several months and is doing an extensive program to ensure she gets the help she needs,” adding, “She hasn’t been in communication with anyone and is really focusing on herself.” That also includes limiting contact with her ex-boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, who visited her several times while she was recovering from complications related to her overdose in the hospital. While Demi’s family has been in contact with Wilmer and has been updating him on her status, they are also focused on eliminating all distractions so she can really focus on her health.
Demi explained in an Instagram statement after she left the hospital, “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
We’re so glad Demi is taking the time to get better and that her family is determined to help her get there.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, we urge you to reach the National Substance Abuse hotline at 1800-662-HELP.