Once again a young life filled with promise is taken because of a lethal mixture of alcohol and prescription medications. Derek Boogaard, 28, of the New York Rangers accidentally overdosed and died from a mixture of oxycodone and alcohol. Oxycodone is a painkiller that is highly addictive and extremely dangerous if mixed with other medications or substances, mixing any form of oxycodone with alcohol can increase the risk of something bad happening. An enforcer for the Rangers, Boogaard, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by family members on May 13.
In a statement released Friday, Boogaard’s family claimed that he had been playing in pain for years, acknowledging that Boogaard was battling addiction at the time of his death. “We are deeply saddened by this unimaginable loss, but we are grateful for the expression of support that has given us strength as we go through this tragic time,” the family said in a statement released through the N.H.L. Players’ Association. “Earlier today, we received the results of Derek’s toxicology report at the time of his accidental death,” the statement continued. “After repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation and with the full support of the New York Rangers, the N.H.L.P.A., and the N.H.L., Derek had been showing tremendous improvement but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent.”
It is quite common for people suffering from pain to become dependent upon their medication, addiction is a reality when it comes to prescription medications. Individuals suffering from pain that require narcotics for relief should communicate with their physician if they feel that addiction is ensuing. Do not let your medication get the upper hand on you, there are many different channels that can provide help if you need it.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Boogaard's family in their time of sadness.