Death of Musician Prince Caused by Accidental Drug Overdose
The tragic death of music superstar Prince was officially ruled a drug overdose. Medical examiners with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said that Prince died as a result of “self-administered fentanyl.”
Prince was found dead at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota on April 21, 2016. When Prince died, he was 57 years old. It has been reported that the singer was suffering from a painkiller addiction problem.
The official medical report does not state how Prince might have obtained the prescription drug. The medical examiner’s office actually issued a news release addressing the limited information that was made available to the public: since Minnesota law does not make most medical examiner data public, only the manner and cause of death were listed in the medical report.
There have been a number of unofficial media reports indicating that Prince may have gotten the drug through a doctor who did not have the authority to prescribe the powerful painkiller in the first place.
How Deadly Is Fentanyl?
It is believed that Prince’s death was accidental. The reality is that accidental overdose deaths are a very real risk of the use of fentanyl. That’s because fentanyl is an extremely powerful painkiller that can easily be abused and lead to catastrophic results. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fentanyl is similar to morphine but is actually more potent.
Fentanyl is generally used as a prescription painkiller to treat severe pain after surgery. It can also be prescribed to patients who have illnesses or diseases that cause significant chronic pain problems.
Fentanyl is typically administered through injection or transdermal pouch. The powerful narcotic can also be administered in the form of a lozenge, although this is less common.
For more information, read the Yahoo.com article, “Prince Cause of Death: Accidental Fentanyl Overdose, Officials Reveal.”
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