Report: Lamar Odom suffers drug relapse

Following the loss of two close friends, Lamar Odom may have relapsed in drug abuse.
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By Steve DelVecchio

Lamar Odom has lost two of his closest friends to drug-related deaths in the past month. As you might expect, he does not seem to be doing well these days.

According to one report, Odom suffered a drug relapse shortly before his best friend Jamie Sangouthai died from a skin infection that was caused by using dirty needles. Life & Style Magazine claims that Odom and Sangouthai stayed at a Best Western in Los Angeles about three months ago and left behind evidence that suggested they had been using black tar heroin.

One of Odom’s friends reportedly told Life & Style that the former NBA star left for Las Vegas in May and has been “regularly getting high.”

And while he’s assured friends he’ll seek treatment, Lamar’s strange behavior, slurred speech and mood swings are making those close to him increasingly worried. “His friends are scared that he’ll wind up like his friend Bobby Heyward and Jamie,” the pal says.

Heyward died of a drug overdose just four days after Sangouthai lost his life.

This isn’t the first we have heard about Odom’s friends and loved ones being concerned for his well-being. He is also said to be battling depression, and rumors about his estranged wife dating a new NBA star probably haven’t helped with that.

Here’s hoping that Odom finds help quickly if he is, in fact, using drugs again.

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