Halladay Autopsy Shows Mix of Drugs

An autopsy conducted on Roy Halladay following a November 7th plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico showed a potentially lethal mix of drugs including Morphine, amphetamines and Ambien in his system.

Halladay’s toxicology results showed a potentially fatal amount of amphetamines in his system at the time of the crash. According to Forbes Magazine, Halladay’s level of amphetamines measured 1,800 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) in his system. A mix of as much as 500 ng/ml can cause death, according to the article. Halladay also had 72 ng/ml of Ambien – generic name Zolpidem – in his system at the time of the crash, more than enough to have impaired his ability to fly his experimental aircraft.

Dr. Michael Garber, a former medical officer for the National Transportation Safety Board, told Forbes that the level of amphetamine in Halladay’s system is consistent with either an overdose or an amphetamine addiction.

In addition to the amphetamines and Ambien, Halladay also had morphine in his system and he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.01, showing that he had also consumed alcohol.

Officially, the cause of Halladay’s death is listed as blunt force trauma, with drowning being a contributing factor.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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