- Whitney Houston was found dead and a drug/alcohol cocktail is suspected as a cause of death.
- Xanax is one of the most-prescribed drugs in the country.
- A combination of Xanax and alcohol can increase the effects on the central nervous system.
While the cause of Whitney Houston's death may not be known for weeks, the 48-year-old singer reportedly had a prescription for Xanax and a history of alcohol and drug abuse, checking into rehab centers at least three times during her career.
Found dead in a bathtub Feb. 11, one prevalent theory for her cause of death is a drug/alcohol combination overdose.
Toxology reports can take weeks to complete, but it is known that a combination of Xanax and alcohol can be deadly, said Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer at Hazelden, a preeminent treatment center for alcohol and other drug addiction.
The anti-anxiety drug alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are sedatives that work by binding to part of the brain's natural tranquilizers, or gamma amino butyric acids, to increase your natural calming ability.