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What Do We Know About Demi Lovato’s Drug Overdose?

Demi Lovato is, reportedly, “awake” and, hopefully, on her way to full recovery at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center where she was admitted after an apparent drug overdose.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” Lovato’s representative said in a statement, adding that “some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, who turns twenty-six next month, was in a state of unconsciousness when first responders arrived at her Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to CNN and Page Six that they received a call at 11:22 a.m. local time, while a “senior law enforcement official” informed CNN that Lovato was, indeed, being treated at Cedars Sinai where she was responding well to treatment.

While the Los Angeles Police Department is believed to have confirmed to PEOPLE that they responded to a medical emergency at the star’s residence just before noon, they did not reveal the identity of the patient.

The Fire Department also refrained from mentioning the singer by name, saying that they “transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital.”

According to TMZ, the troubled star suffered the OD after an all-night party; however, none of the partygoers were around when the emergency medical team and the police arrived on the scene.

It’s not clear, however, if they dispersed after the party was over or simply made themselves scarce after they found out their host had overdosed.

While sources close to Lovato have admitted that the singer did overdose on unspecified drugs, they have vehemently denied reports that she had overdosed on heroin.

Law enforcement sources are believed to have told The Blast that LAPD officers who responded to the emergency found drug paraphernalia and “remnants’ of what they believe are drugs all over the Lovato residence.

However, there wasn’t’ enough drug traces left over for the officers to collect for analysis, though they were able to photograph and document the evidence.

Other sources familiar with the developments have said that according to the incident report, a Cedars Sinai Medical Center nurse informed the police that Lovato had been tripping on methamphetamine prior to the OD incident.

What’s kind of perplexing, though, is the fact that methamphetamine doesn’t necessarily cause unconsciousness, which was the condition Lovato was found in by first responders.

Reports that she was treated with the anti-opioid drug Narcan, before being shifted to the hospital, also does not point toward a methamphetamine overdose.

Lovato, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, recently released a song called “Sober,” in which she revealed that she had slipped up after staying sober for six years.

While performing the song in Brazil, a week after its release, Lovato could not control her emotions and gave a tearful rendition of the song.

“I got no excuses
For all of these goodbyes
Call me when it’s over
‘Cause I’m dying inside
Wake me when the shakes are gone
And the cold sweats disappear
Call me when it’s over
And myself has reappeared
“I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
I do it every, every, every time
It’s only when I’m lonely
Sometimes I just wanna cave
And I don’t wanna fight
I try and I try and I try and I try and I try
Just hold me, I’m lonely
“Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore
And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor
To the ones who never left me
We’ve been down this road before
I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore
“I’m sorry to my future love
For the man that left my bed
For making love the way I saved for you inside my head
And I’m…”

Speculations that she was binging again started doing the rounds some two months before “Sober” saw the light of day when an Instagram post by singer Hayley Kiyoko showed Lovato nursing a cup with some yellow liquid in it.

In a separate Instagram post, a different version of the same photo, in which the cup had been blurred out, she wrote, “I don’t have to defend anything, but it was Red Bull.”

Lovato’s emotional issues date back to 2010 when she first went into a rehabilitation program for “physical and emotional issues,” including depression, eating disorder, and self-harm.

It was as recently as 2017 that Lovato admitted to having relapsed after she was released from the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, back then, after which she said she spent a year in a sober living facility.

“I wasn’t working my program. I wasn’t ready to get sober,” she said in a 2017 YouTube documentary titled “Simply Complicated,”

“I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew,” the singer said.

“I went through like 20 sober companions. I was either craving drugs or on drugs,” she said.

“I was not easy to work with. It’s embarrassing to look back at the person I was.”

Watch the full documentary here.

Following the news of her hospitalization, social media has been abuzz with support for the “Heart Attack” singer.

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter

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