Gage Billetto, a 19-year-old Ivy League student at Columbia University, has died from an opioid overdose. Billetto, 19, was found dead of a suspected overdose in his New York City dorm room on Wednesday, December 27. Billetto would have turned 20-years-old on December 25, 20187.
According to reports, Billetto reportedly had a history of substance abuse, including marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medicine. Billetto reportedly obtained ADHD medication and anti-anxiety pills by lying to a psychiatrist. Police said that Billetto died alone on December 22 but was not found until five days later on December 27.
The New York Post reports that Gage lied to his psychiatrist in order to obtain a prescription of Klonopin, an anti-anxiety pill, and Vyvanse, a stimulant, and Ritalin, a methylphenidate.
via New York Post:
From age 14, Gage wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps. “He had this list of the best colleges in the US and his goal was to get as high on the list as possible,” said Kyle, 57. “When he really set his mind to something, he’d stop at nothing to achieve it.”
Gage also liked to push boundaries. By his junior year of high school, he was regularly experimenting with drugs and alcohol. He threw big parties when his parents left town, left school during lunch to smoke weed in his basement with pals and got into fights, said his friend Will Rabsey.
“Cocaine was really big for him,” said Rabsey, 19, who went to all 12 years of elementary, middle and high school with Gage. “I remember a few times he’d put a line out and I’d say, ‘Damn, Gage, that’s a lot.’ He’d say, ‘No, no I’ve done this before. I can handle it.’ ”
On October 12, a little over two months before his death, Gage collapsed in the dorm’s common room and was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital. While doctors told his parents that Gage had taken a “dangerous mixture of drugs”, he would not sign release papers allowing his parents to see what drugs were in his system.
In addition to the drugs he obtained through his psychiatrist, police are investigating where Gage got opioids such as painkillers and heroin.