When law enforcement investigated the death scene at Prince’s Minnesota residence, they reportedly found the musical superstar with prescription painkillers both on his person and in his home.
According to authorities, Prince was found unresponsive by emergency medical responders after someone saw that he had passed out in an elevator at his Paisley Park MN compound and was no longer breathing. Prince was just 57 years old when he tragically passed away.
Friends of the deceased musician and singer have revealed that he spent the last few years of his life battling addiction to Percocet, an extremely powerful painkiller that he used after undergoing serious hip surgery in 2010. In fact, some sources have stated that Prince actually became addicted to Percocet even before he underwent corrective surgery to treat his chronic hip issues.
Prince’s drug addiction problems were not made public as he privately dealt with the health consequences of his dependence on painkillers and prescription opioids.
Unfortunately, this kind of drug dependence is not limited to famous people; millions of American suffer from drug addiction issues, with the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even going so far as to label prescription drug abuse an “epidemic” in need of a solution.
Just six days before Prince died, he was on a private plane that had to make an emergency landing when he reportedly became “unresponsive.” Paramedics met the plane at Quad City International Airport and attempted to revive Prince before rushing him to a nearby hospital. One of the ways that the paramedics were able to revive Prince was by giving him a shot of Narcan (also known as naloxone), an opioid antidote that is often used to treat heroin overdose victims. Additionally, there have been multiple media reports that in the days following his medical treatment, Prince went to a local Walgreens pharmacy in order to purchase Narcan.
The investigation into Prince’s death has included a number of law enforcement agencies. Among the investigating agencies are the local police department, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner’s office recently performed an autopsy and toxicology tests, with the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports on the way soon.
To learn more, view the MercuryNews.com article, “Prince Had Opioid Meds on Him When He Died, Battled Percocet Addiction for Years, Reports Say.”
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