‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ Star Amanda Peterson Died of Drug Overdose

Amanda Peterson Dead
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UPDATE: Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 film “Can’t Buy Me Love” opposite Patrick Dempsey, died from an accidental overdose of a deadly combination of multiple drugs, including morphine, according to autopsy and toxicology reports obtained by Variety.

The “morphine effect” caused respiratory failure, leading to her death.

The retired actress’s body was discovered in her Colorado apartment on July 5, two days after her death. She was 43.

According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including anti-anxiety medication, anti-psychotic medication, opiates and marijuana. One of the pain meds in her body was at six times the appropriate level.

The ’80s star had a long history of substance abuse. She was allegedly arrested four times over the last 20 years in her hometown of Greeley, Colo. — most recently, she was booked in May 2012 on a DUI and drug paraphernalia charge.

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  2. Cicero61 says:

    another sad little pretty girl with no brains nor talent. she won the genetic lottery but never found a mentor she trusted and who wasn’t trying to get into her pants. it sometimes takes a long time to figure things out and many die before they do. the fault lies in her education or lack thereof. the answers are out there, she just had to look.

  3. Opiates like OxyContin were first marketed and heavily promoted in 1996 by 2004 it was the #1 addictive narcotic and it’s considered ‘LEGAL HEROIN.’ There are 45 accidental overdose deaths from it everyday. Anyone can get addicted to it, from all walks of life. I’ve had three middle aged friends die from these type opiate drugs who were prescribed them because they complained to their doctor they had pain somewhere. Don’t you think it’s about time these dangerous narcotics were banned and used for cancer patients and in hospitals only as they were originally intended, I think so.

  4. Brian says:

    Struggling a bit with the reporter’s use of “allegedly arrested”. Either she had been arrested, or not. It’s nt an allegation; it’s a matter of public record. The allegations detail what she was arrested for.

  5. Sophia Mahmud says:

    The most lamentable disease is ADDICTION”
    Not the drugs. Over the counter or Prescription .
    With all the phenomenal researches going on in Medicine, we still have no concrete evidence of the pathophysiology of ADDICTION” and hence no comprehensive cure.
    Also why some can get rid of it. and some feed it incessantly.
    It is tragic indeed.

    • Cicero61 says:

      harsh reality, it’s her own business what she does with her life. the world is filled with little busybodies who want to tell everybody else what to do. leave people alone. MYOB (mind your own business). it’s up to them to figure things out. information is more available today and available to everybody than any other time in history. but even with vastly limited resources, somehow aristotle and plato had plenty to say on how to lead a happy, successful life and the romans built a massive empire with many of their buildings still standing. no cell phones, no computers, no electricity, no cars, no trains, no planes. go figure. their downfall was eventually losing their powers of discrimination. same problem we have today.

    • jim says:

      very eloquently put ,and sadly true.

      • rhrh1 says:

        We do know a lot about addiction. But many addicts either do not admit to themselves they are addicts, or they don’t care.

    • Lisa says:

      There are many celebrities and ‘regular’ people who overcome addiction, but most people succumb to the disease. They may not physically die, but they die spiritually.
      With Ms Petersen, it notes she had 6 times the pain medication in her system. Recent studies show that pain medication hits the same area of the brain that causes social anxiety thereby minimizing it. Instead of learning how to deal with anxiety, she self medicated.
      I think the common problem is denial. Many drug users proclaim that ‘Everybody does drugs’ which is not true. Perhaps in their circles everyone does drugs, but there is a sober population that doesn’t. I don’t know too many hard core druggees who are doing particularly well in life. Most successful people don’t even drink! It has to do with honesty and self honesty. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll succeed more than someone who is dishonest with themselves because the more honest you are, the less deluded you are in your thinking. Truth is easy to work with, lies aren’t.

      • rhrh1 says:

        It’s all about the dopamine. And about tolerance. The tolerance is for the high – you need more dopamine for the same high – but the respiratory depression of opiates is not subject to tolerance. So you have to take more and more to get the high, and side effects that were non-existent become noticeable then deadly.

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    In reality , the only things that have changed, is the names , faces & young ages of those Heroin is now taking !

    “Our culture emphasizes self-determination and willpower… We want to be masters of our own destiny, but sometimes we aren’t.”
    A parents powerlessness over a child’s addiction, is the most difficult experience a parent goes through upon first encountering the disease , on such an intimate level ?

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  7. Justin says:

    Regardless of how she passed, we will always remember her infectious smile and her films. Long live Cindy Mancini!!

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