TIL In the last four years of Elvis Presley’s life, he had been prescribed 19,000 doses of drugs. In 1977 alone[the year of his death], Dr. Nicholpoulous had written 199 prescriptions totaling more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines, and narcotics to Elvis.

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Seems excessive


And you can buy one of his prescription bottles from an antique shop here in Vegas for JUST $4000


His drug use started in the Army where he was given uppers to stay alert and awake during guard duty. And then it continued during his stint in Hollywood where he needed “prescription” drugs to stay awake and alert during filming but then needed help coming back down to sleep. And the more they were used the less effective they were so doses were gradually increased. Ironically he was totally against illegal drug use and wasn’t even a big drinker of alcohol but he found a loophole with prescription drugs. Reflecting on the incredible life of this man is like watching a train collision happen in extremely slow motion.


I’ll add this interesting fact: On August 16th, 1977, the day Elvis Presley died. According to Elvis insiders after Elvis was sent to the hospital doctors worked on his body for 20 minutes trying to resuscitate him. The doctors continued working on him relentlessly despite no pulse and/or any other signs of life for almost half an hour before calling it quits. The doctors kept working on him despite being dead, because, well, he’s Elvis Presley.


I will say though, a week before he died, on August 8th 1977 Elvis rented out the Libertyland Amusement Park. Elvis rode the Zippin’ Pippin roller coaster on August 8th, 1977, just eight days before his death. He rode the ride for hours that day. The roller coaster is still in operation and has since moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin.