Jon Bon Jovi's daughter OD's on heroin, top addiction specialist speaks out
By April MacIntyre Nov 14, 2012, 19:44 GMT
The parents: Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley - Â© Daniel Locke / PR Photos
Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter, was arrested at her college in Upstate New York early this morning after allegedly overdosing on heroin, reported by TMZ.
The Kirkland Police Department went to a dorm room at Hamilton College after someone reported that Stephanie had allegedly overdosed on heroin and was unresponsive.
TMZ reports that Stephanie is alive and now she is arrested for possession of a "small quantity" of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A trial date has been set.
Stephanie is the oldest of four children for rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley.
Medical and addiction expert, residential rehabilitation facility Cliffside Malibu's internist Dr. Damon Raskin, is a frequent contributor and spoke to Monsters and Critics about this frightening story of a teenager with a seemingly loving, well-off family.
He tells Monsters and Critics, "This incident is another stark reminder of the dangers of opiates, not just heroine but presciption narcotics as well. This epidemic encompasses all ages and all levels of society, but there is hope. Watching for the warning signs in loved ones such as changes in behavior, new sets of friends, and lack of achievement in school and social functioning are clear red flags that there could be a problem. Treatment should start with a thorough medical evaluation, and the best chance of recovery is an inpatient residential program, such as the one at Cliffside Malibu. There are even new medical treatments to help patients detox more comfortably than in the past, and also new treatments to help the patient prevent relapse."
Dr Damon Raskin, M.D is a board certified internist. For 10 years Dr. Raskin has specialized in working in addiction detoxification. Dr. Raskin has been interviewed for national and local media on all topics related to addiction and can be reached at www.cliffsidemalibu.com
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