A little over a month has passed since we lost an Icon. Prince Rogers Nelson (or “Prince” as we all knew him) was found on April 21st, 2016 in his Minnesota home/Recording studio reportedly dead from an overdose on drugs.
Five days before his 58th birthday on June 2nd, 2016, the medical examiner has released his report post-autopsy, confirming that the singer has indeed passed away from a drug overdose. According to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office, Prince’s cause of death was not just caused by any random street drug. “Fentanyl Toxicity” is listed as the cause of death, meaning that the notorious super-opiate, Fentanyl is what took Prince from us.
The autopsy report also stated that Prince weighed 112 pounds at the time of his death. Along with the clothes he was wearing, his height, and marital status, Prince’s occupation was listed as “Artist” in the “Music” business. Officials are currently investigating the method in which Prince obtained Fentanyl, whether it was a prescription or purchased illegally. If found that the drugs were purchased illegally, a criminal investigation is expected to ensue.
Fentanyl, as discussed in another recent article on this site, is an opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and is 100 times stronger than morphine. It’s a drug that has been around for decades but has recently emerged as an epidemic across the nation as drug users are looking for the next level of a high after graduating from using weaker prescription pain medications or street drugs like heroin.
The phrase that comes to mind when trying to describe Fentanyl is “High risk, High Reward.” Like investing in penny stocks, the chances of successfully (I use the terms “successfully” and “reward” very loosely) using Fentanyl are very slim. In fact, the Fentanyl user will most likely be found face down, lifeless, and will be remembered as another statistic on the “People Dead from Opioid Overdose in 2016” end of year report. And for what? For the chance of getting a little higher?
Addiction has become something that is effecting everyone in America. It’s the bubonic plague of this century and it’s killing people faster and faster everyday. Drugs like Fentanyl don’t discriminate. No drug user is safe. Whether you are a casual user or habitual addict, you are in danger of ending up like Prince or the thousands of others who have already died this year. Even if you aren’t looking for fentanyl, it’s being used to create counterfeit prescription pain pills or being used to cut heroin overseas and then being shipped into the US. So, I say it again…No drug user is safe.
If you are addicted to opiates, there is hope out there. You are not alone. Recovery starts by you being brave enough to reach out for help. There are a number of resources out there to help the struggling addict like the south Florida based, Dual-diagnosis treatment facility, Evolutions Treatment Center.
Prince’s life ended, like many others, from an opiate overdose. He lost the long battle against opiates. Just know, you or someone you love doesn’t have to.