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Updated 27 November 2013

Which celebs are battling drug addiction?

Nigella Lawson is the latest celebrity accused of taking drugs. While the verdict is still out on whether she’s guilty, she certainly isn't the only celeb allegedly battling addiction.

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Nigella Lawson is the latest celebrity accused of taking drugs and while the verdict is still out on whether she’s guilty, she certainly isn't the only celeb allegedly battling addiction.

According to a Reuters report, her ex-husband Charles Saatchi, said in court documents revealed on 26 November that Lawson used cocaine, cannabis (dagga) and prescription pills "daily" for over a decade and was so ‘off her head’ at times that her assistants, the Grillo sisters, were able to go on spending sprees with her credit card.
 
The sisters have pleaded not guilty and part of their defence is that Lawson authorised them to use Saatchi's credit card in return for their silence about her drug-taking.

Read up on cocaine and how it affects you.

Celebrities who are battling addiction

Former High School Musical star Zac Efron has spent time in rehab early in 2013 to recover from his ‘serious addiction to cocaine’. He also reportedly collapsed after overdosing on the prescription drug oxycodone - known as  ‘hillbilly heroin’  - in January this year.

Though heroin has fallen out of favour with celebrities of late, overdoses have in the past killed musicians Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain.

Read up on heroin and how it affects you

Khloe Kardashian’s former beau Lamar Odom’s drug abuse came to the light in August 2013 when he was arrested for suspected intoxication in California. He did a stint in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in September, but apparently left a day later.

Read up on alcohol and how it affects you.

Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was sober for 23 years but recently admitted to the gossip site TMZ that he ‘fell off the wagon’ early in 2012.

According to the New York Daily News it started slowly with prescription pills and escalated to a week’s snorting of heroin. Before this dangerously addictive drug could take hold he checked himself into rehab for 10 days.

Read up on prescription drug addiction and how it affects you

Recent drug deaths

In 2011 songstress Amy Winehouse died from reported alcohol poisoning.

In 2012 singer and actor Whitney Houston died of drowning with complications of cocaine and heart disease. A cocktail of drugs Flexeril, dagga, Xanax and Benadryl was also found in her body.

Glee actor and singer Cory Monteith died in 2013 of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.

According to Drugs.com cocaine is the drug that most frequently is the cause death, followed by alcohol and heroin.
 
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