Demi Moore's medical secrets are unlikely to be revealed if and when a tape of 911 call related to her recent hospitalization is released: The Los Angeles Fire Department has been advised to bleep out certain portions of the call to comply with federal medical privacy laws.
Alas, those portions would be what we at the Ministry might refer to as "the good parts," or the ones containing personal information about her medical condition -- including what, if any, substances the 49-year-old Moore might have been partaking of before the need to dial 911 arose.
"We've reviewed the 911 tape and we have made recommendations," Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney, told L.A. Now. It's not special treatment either, he said. "Generally speaking, it's our recommendation to withhold release of any medical condition or ingested substance related to an incident."
That whole scenario may qualify as an actual, by-definition buzz kill.
And because of Moore's decision this week to seek "professional assistance" for her "general health," and the rumors surrounding that decision, the buzz that's being buzzed about is nitrous oxide. The inhalant, known by the street names "whip-its" (think of the propellant used in canned whipped cream), poppers or snappers, is one that can really mess with your head.
"Sniffing high concentrations of inhalants may result in death from heart failure or suffocation" as the inhalants displace oxygen in the lungs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And that's only one of the scary side effects of the substance, which is known more as a cheap and easily accessible high for the younger crowd, rather than a high of choice for the trying-to-stay-eternally-young set.
Moore, of course, was out on the town Monday night with Rumer Willis, her 23-year-old daughter.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Demi Moore at a benefit Jan. 14 in Beverly Hills. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Images