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Surfer Andy Irons Dies from Possible Drug Overdose

by | Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News

Home Addiction Surfer Andy Irons Dies from Possible Drug Overdose

California surfers gathered on Saturday in El Porto in an effort to pay tribute to the three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Irons passed away after he contracted an illness in Portugal. The illness caused Irons to miss the first two heats of the Rip Curl Search Puerto Rico during the ASP Men’s World Tour. While stationed overnight at the Dallas/Fort Worth international airport, Irons was found dead in his Grand Hyatt Hotel room.
A recent police report claimed the prescription drug Xanax, and the sleeping aid Ambien was found in Iron’s hotel room. According to Tarrant County Medical Examiner, Nizam Peerwani, ruling the cause of death will take up to several weeks due to the completion of lap tests. A report in the Honolulu Star Advertiser citing Peerwani said Iron’s death is being investigated as a possible methadone over dose. According the article, methadone found in addition to the other prescription drugs in Irons’ hotel room.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is also used to prevent withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from opiate drugs such as oxycodone. Methadone produces similar effects to other opiates. When used to appease opiate withdrawal symptoms, it is important to have methadone treatment monitored by medical professionals. When patients take increased amounts of methadone without the consent of a doctor, life threatening side effects can occur. Adverse effects include nausea, vomiting, itching, hypoventilation, and cardiac arrest.
The death of Andy Irons is extremely tragic and a huge loss for the surf world. During the next professional surfing event, the life of Irons will be commemorated. Andy Irons will likely go down as the best athlete to ever surf professionally.