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Could anyone have saved Amy Winehouse?

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Could anyone have saved Amy Winehouse?

Amy Winehouse is dead at age 27.

She was a five time Grammy winner ... but as big as her talent, sadly, there was something even bigger ... her addictions.

Dr. Drew discussed how her death was untimely and senseless, but not shocking or even surprising, with his guests Monday.

Amy resisted accepting that the disease was fatal. She attempted treatment just a few months, but left in early June.

"For an opiate addict like Amy Winehouse, recovery takes years, not months," Dr. Drew explained. "That’s why prognosis for an opiate addict is often worse than prognosis for a cancer patient."

Only the struggles of famous addicts like Amy Winehouse make the news, but there are millions across the country in the grips of addiction.

We can use Amy’s death as a reminder just how demonic this disease is and how desperately its victims are in need of help.

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