Dr. Drew Reveals Who Contributed To Chris Cornell’s Death: ‘It’s Crazy’


Dr. Drew appeared on the Dr. Oz Show on Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis in America and the dangers of benzodiazepines being prescribed to recovering addicts. When discussing Chris Cornell’s death, he heavily criticized his doctor for prescribing Ativan to him and helping contribute to his drug relapse that led to his suicide in May 2017. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“He was a long term recovering guy, he never should have taken this medication. Nobody should ever have given him this thing in the first place. The doctor gave it to him, and just escalated the dose, and didn’t follow up, and didn’t understand what could happen to a long term recovering guy.”

Dr. Oz then asked what role the benzo played in Cornell’s death.

Dr. Drew responded, “Causational, there is no doubt in my mind. He is a recovering guy, this is a medicine that activates his disease, of course he is going to escalate it, which he did, and he got into trouble with it. And by the way, he was taking it sort of as prescribed when he died, because the doctor allowed that escalation. Crazy.”

Dr. Oz asked if the 25 million in recovery should they be prescribed benzos.

Dr. Drew said, “We should avoid it, absolutely. I would never do it, because I know what happens, I see it all the time.”

  • makingconnections

    O.K. Dr. Drew…you’re the one who knows every single thing about every single patient in the universe.

    Ativan is not the perfect drug, but there are many people that are still alive and loving their families because it helps them. Maybe we would have lost Chris Cornell many years ago were it not for such medication, and I don’t pretend to know what was best for him. There are certain things that should be left between a doctor and his or her patient.

    Why does no one ever speak of the reason for the need of medication? There are so many forms of mental illness that humans suffer from that cause real suffering. Prescribing shouldn’t be judged lightly and the invasion of Chris Cornell’s life and his relationship with his doctor is another aspect of his loss that hurts. Why can’t “death with dignity” be applied in this case? I know some say that there’s something to be learned here. Rather than demonizing a certain doctor or medication, awareness of the need for proper diagnosing of mental issues and having trained professionals walk with those that are suffering and keeping tabs on their progress would actually be helpful, rather than deflecting from the fact that Chris Cornell was not doing well emotionally when he died and his suicide was the result.

    There’s been far too much, “shiny object” stuff going on since Chris died. Oh, I know why this happened…look at this, look at that. It’s not that complicated. We’ve all lost a beloved artist and Chris Cornell’s family, all of them lost the relative they loved. There are so many of us who can relate to the horrible grief being suffered — it’s a path that we have no choice but to walk through while trying to help the young ones deal with loss especially. The less drama for them the better. They will have other losses, we all will, but life is still worth living and we will help each other.

  • Stone Gossardish

    Dr. Drew has been saying this since day one. He’s explained it pretty clearly and accurately. He’s an addiction medicine doctor. I don’t know why this has been so hard for people to grasp.

    • makingconnections

      Not all doctors share his opinion.

      He’s a “celebrity addiction’s medicine doctor”. There are many other doctors who are psychiatrists, who work with people in recovery and those in terrible turmoil with illnesses of the mind, who find it necessary to prescribe Ativan at times. It’s not all black and white, even though that seems to be the way many prefer to think at this time and place.

      Just because one holds an opinion for many years, that doesn’t make them right.

      • Stone Gossardish

        He has actual patients that are not celebrities, a lot of them. Well into the thousands now. He is a real doctor with a valid opinion. I’m sure there are others. But his credentials are pretty strong.

  • Diana

    Wasn’t this fuckup‘s show cancelled because people kept dying after going through his rehab program?