Wilmer Valderrama, the actor who dated Demi Lovato for six years, from 2010 to 2016, is “completely devastated” to hear about Lovato’s reported overdose.
While most of us know what the long-term effects of alcohol are, we may not realize that one night of drinking can be even more dangerous. In another tragic case, Shelby Lyn Allen was found dead after a night of heavy drinking with her friends in 2008. Allen, who was a high school junior at the time, died of alcohol poisoning.
Having sex under the influence of illegal drugs - known as “chemsex” - should become a public health priority, researchers have said. There has been a sharp rise in the use of drugs like GHB, GBL and crystal meth to enhance sexual pleasure and reduce inhibitions - but may put users at risk, they warned. Experts writing in the British Medical Journal say that, in these groups, unprotected sex is the norm and users of the drugs report an average of five sexual partners per session. Some drug users describe memory loss and not sleeping or eating for days, while injecting drugs along with chemsex creates “a perfect storm” for transmission of HIV and hepatitis C. They also warn of serious mental health problems - but many drug users are afraid to access health services. “Many barriers exist to chemsex drug users accessing services, including the shame and stigma often associated with drug use and ignorance of available services,” the team behind the research - specialists in sexual health and substance abuse in London, explained.
Back in the ‘90s, the world was shocked when teenager Leah Betts died from taking ecstasy. She dropped a pill on her 18th birthday, collapsed, started convulsing and spent five days in a coma before her life support machine was switched off.