Lamar Odom Being Treated For Reported Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 10/14/15

The two-time NBA champion was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

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Former NBA star Lamar Odom is now fighting for his life after being found unconscious on Tuesday at a brothel in Nevada from a reported drug overdose.

Odom, 35, is currently being kept on a ventilator at a hospital in Las Vegas and receiving treatment for a drug overdose. Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch brothel in the rural town of Crystal, said that two women in the brothel, Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe, found him unresponsive in the afternoon after having not seen him since the early morning. When they turned him over, he was allegedly unconscious and foaming at the mouth, with the women also reporting that “terrible stuff” came out of his nose.

Odom was stabilized and taken to a hospital in nearby Pahrump, then driven by ambulance to a hospital in Las Vegas after it was determined he was too big for an available helicopter.

Hof said that the former NBA champion had been staying at his home and “wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun” during his stay. He said that Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had consumed part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but nobody had witnessed him abusing drugs or drinking excessively.

However, an anonymous source from the Vegas hospital that Odom is staying in told TMZ that he had “every drug imaginable” in his system and might suffer brain damage from the overdose. Witnesses also told the gossip site that he had consumed crack cocaine and had track marks on his arm.

His drug use at the brothel reportedly stemmed from being upset at his portrayal on a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The episode showed Odom calling ex-wife Khloe Kardashian in June to break the news of his drug-addled friend Jamie Sangouthai dying.

Dr. Cali Estes, Founder of The Addictions Coach, said that the very public downfall of his marriage and descent into drug use could be exacerbating his addiction issues.

"Once you add in the constant reality TV star status and shenanigans of the Kardashians, the stakes go up on addiction and the need for 'more, better, faster, quicker' continues," she said exclusively to The Fix. "He is also buying cheaply made, chemical laden junk over the counter. When big pharma drugs and synthetics enter into the picture, the body can not process them and the issues of overdosing and hospitalization are more frequent."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.