Lamar Odom Drug Use in Nevada

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life in a Nevada hospital after overdosing on drugs in one of the state's legal brothels. He is currently on a ventilator and unable to breathe on his own as family and friends hold vigil, waiting for his condition to improve.
Nina Fenton
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NBA superstar, Lamar Odom, is currently fighting for his life as he lies in a Nevada hospital unable to breathe on his own after suffering what is believed to be a drug overdose. Odom was found unresponsive by two women on Tuesday in the VIP suite of the Love Ranch South brothel in Pahrump, Nevada. 911 was called and paramedics quickly arrived on the scene where they stabilized the basketball player and proceeded to a nearby hospital in Pahrump to further assess his health. He was later transferred to the larger Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas due to the severity of his condition.

Love Ranch South owner, Dennis Hof, told various media outlets that Odom was at his establishment attempting to “get away from people so he could have some time to himself without the pressures of being who he is.” While Odom may have been able to get away from people, but he clearly could not escape his addiction to hardcore street drugs as medical staff was able to determine that he had a large quantity of drugs ranging from cocaine to opiates.

A statement from Nye County’s Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly, said “After being treated by the physicians, arrangements were made to transport him by Mercy Air helicopter. However, Mr. Odom was unable to be transported by air due to his stature. He was immediately transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada for further treatment.”

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Brothel Break

The Pahrump brothel is currently one of 19 legal establishments in Nevada that caters to the sexual proclivities of clients for a price. The sex trade in the state is a notable attraction to many visitors and holds itself to the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” motto as clients are often afforded a sense of anonymity that is often desired. That is unless you are a well-known NBA player who is found unresponsive.

Odom is said to have checked into Love Ranch South on Friday for a bit of adult fun where he was noted to be in good spirits and enjoying himself quite a bit. However, Hof noted that he did seem sad after a phone call on Sunday and soon became a bit withdrawn.

Two members of the brothel staff recalled last seeing him before he fell asleep at 6 a.m. On Tuesday morning. It’s anyone’s guess what happened between the early morning visit and the time he was found.

“They came back around 3 p.m. And he was unconscious, so they immediately called 911. They told them to place him on his side, that’s when they saw a bunch of stuff coming out of his mouth. An ambulance picked him up, took him to a Nevada hospital. My people said to me ‘It’s not looking good, he might not make it,” said Hof.

Were Drugs Involved?

There is much buzz about whether or not Odom was using drugs during his stay at the brothel and what role they played in his current condition. Hof initially said, “We [told cops] he wasn’t taking any illicit drugs, he did take herbal Viagra, but that’s the thing with addicts you never know because they hide things. He was just trying to have a good time and get away from all the attention.”

It appears that Odom was indeed using some substances beyond the herbal Viagra mentioned by Hof, though. According to an “inside” source, Odom was “doing crack cocaine all weekend and he choked on his own mucus,” which caused him to suffer an ischemic stroke. Strokes of this nature deprive the brain of some much needed oxygen and often occur as the result of an overdose.

The source also claims that “virtually every drug imaginable was found in his system,” which may prove to be a lethal combination thanks to the large amount of herbal Viagra used. How long his brain was deprived of oxygen and the impact of the resulting blocked blood flow is still unknown, but many reports released are raising concerns over probable brain damage occurring.

Drug Tests for Opiates that Lamar Odom Might Have Failed

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History of Addiction

Odom has long battled an addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol. His addiction has cost him mightily, too, as it has caused him lucrative basketball contracts and marred him professionally in recent years. The hits to his professional life don’t even compare to those he’s felt on a personal level, though.

His drug addiction has dealt the largest blow to his marriage to reality television star, Khloe Kardashian. The pair married after just weeks of knowing each other in 2009, only to separate in late 2013 after he went through a very public relapse. They have remained in contact through the years despite Odom’s ongoing battle with drugs. Kardashian has always maintained that she cares deeply for her ex-husband and will always love him.

She is sticking true to her word, too, as she and many members of her family immediately flew to Las Vegas to be by his side. His condition is said to be “extremely serious” as his loved ones are left waiting in limbo for his condition to stabilize or deteriorate. Odom’s close friend and longtime publicist, Eve Sarkisyan, released a statement saying, “Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar. Please don’t listen to the false information being circulated unofficially. Please respect the family’s privacy during this time.”

Drug Testing for Recovery

There are many suffering through addiction much like Lamar Odom with similar outcomes, too. However, it doesn’t have to end in tragedy as there are viable options available to those seeking recovery for themselves or those they care about.

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Nina works hard to be a voice to the voiceless whose stories about drug testing, DNA testing and paternity deserve to be told. It is her goal to always come from a place free of judgment and full of compassion.

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