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The Case of Elvis Presley Polysubstance Dependence- the use of at least three different substances for at least six months, with no substance predominating. Born: Jan. 8, 1935 Twin still-born 35 minutes before Elvis Family was extremely poor and moved often

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the case of elvis presley

The Case of Elvis Presley

Polysubstance Dependence- the use of at least three different substances for at least six months, with no substance predominating.

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Born: Jan. 8, 1935

  • Twin still-born 35 minutes before Elvis
  • Family was extremely poor and moved often
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When age 4, father spent three years in prison
  • Mother known to be excessively protective of her only child
  • Mom was very tense and nervous
  • Often took medicine for her “bad nerves”
  • Reasonable happy childhood
  • Moved to Memphis, moving into public housing in 1949
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From 1956-1958 his stardom reached unbelievable heights, selling over 142 gold records worldwide

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Drafted into the U.S. army in 1958

  • Mom refused to speak with him –left alone for first time
  • Mom’s health began to deteriorate, in constant state of depression and fits of anger
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While Elvis was in the army mom began drinking heavily and was eventually diagnosed with hepatitis
  • Mom dies August 1958
  • Devastated by the news Elvis begins a period of isolation
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At age 33, marries Priscilla

  • Lisa Marie is born 9 months later
  • Has first #1 hit in seven years (Suspicious Minds, 1969)
  • Emotionally drained and destructive living habits
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Began promiscuous behavior

  • Out of sync sleeping schedule
  • Poor eating habits
  • Increasing dependence and abuse of prescription drugs
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From the time Priscilla sued for divorce in 1973 until his death, Elvis’s weight and drug used increased markedly
  • Experienced numerous physical disorders
  • Heavily sedated for several days after discovering Priscilla was involved with someone else
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By 1974 often spent days at a time in his room at Graceland
  • Began wild spending sprees
  • Often seemed confused and sweated profusely
  • Giggle fits on stage
  • Increasing drug use
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In the 32 months prior to his death, his physician allegedly prescribed 19,000 prescriptions (claimed many were placebos)

  • His pastime toward the end was studying medical and prescription books
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Bio-Science laboratories stated Presley died of polypharmacy with the following substances in his body tissues:

  • codeine 5. Demerol
  • Steroids/ACTH 6. Amobarbital
  • Valium 7. Phenobarbital
  • Ethchlorvynol 8. Methaqualone – very high