When Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy results were released, it said her February 8, 2007 death was from an accidental overdose of "methadone, anti-anxiety and weight-reducing drugs and, possibly, vitamins, among other substances."
Anna Nicole Smith's 2007 death was officially ruled an accidental overdose after toxicology reports found that she had taken eight prescription drugs, such as methadone and other opiates.
Instead of going through detox during the pregnancy and risking a miscarriage or giving birth too soon, a pregnant woman who is addicted to heroin will likely be treated with methadone.
Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose of "methadone, anti-anxiety and weight-reducing drugs and, possibly, vitamins, among other substances," according to People magazine.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate that can treat individuals who live with chronic pain, but its most common use is treating patients who have opiate addictions, especially heroin.
Methadone treatments in pregnancy are not associated with an increased risk of congenital abnormalities in infants, but the primary concern is dependency in the developing baby.
A substance (such as methadone in the case of heroin addiction) may be substituted for the original substance of abuse, with gradual tapering of this substituted drug.
After several weeks and two autopsies, the official cause of death was listed as an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, including Zoloft and methadone.
Methadone can lead to serious withdrawals in newborns, but doctors consider it to be a much better option than pregnancy problems related to heroin use.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate, but it is a safer alternative to staying on heroin or other opiates and it is safer than withdrawing abruptly.