According to a knowledgeable source that spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the pills found in Prince’s Paisley Park compound that were labeled as hydrocodone actually contained fentanyl, the potent opioid that killed Prince. This discovery provides more insight into Prince death and fentanyl. There are two possibilities: either a pharmaceutical manufacturer mislabeled the pills, or the fentanyl pills were obtained illegally. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, investigators are theorizing that Prince did not know the pills contained fentanyl.
On April 21, 2016, Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose according to the medical examiner. Investigators have not revealed whether Prince ingested the mislabeled pills, or if he knew that the pills contained fentanyl. At the beginning of the investigation, sources reported that painkillers were found inside Prince’s Paisley Park compound and that they could not find a prescription for the pills. The Minneapolis Star Tribune stated that no prescription for fentanyl has been found in the months following Prince’ death.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is the most powerful painkiller on the market, and is typically prescribed to cancer patients in extreme pain. It is also used to ease the pain of a dying individual, and as part of anesthesia during surgery. Unfortunately, illegally manufactured fentanyl pills are available all across the United States. Last month, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) released a report stating that counterfeit pills are fueling the opioid crisis in the United States. The DEA issued a national health alert regarding the rise in fentanyl overdoses in 2016.
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