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Prince Death: The Deadly Drug That Killed a Musical Genius

Fentanyl, a deadly, synthetic opioid responsible for the Prince death news that shocked the world, is becoming known as the “kill pill”.

When it comes to the deadly drug fentanyl, it takes only a 2 milligram dose to kill someone, which is equivalent to only a few grains of sand. While it was not reported how much fentanyl was found in the system of the adored musician, Prince Rogers Nelson, it was reported that it was enough to kill anyone, regardless of their size. The Prince death news reports, from which the world reeled over the loss of the talented and beloved 57-year-old musician, came on the heels of a surging trend of opioid overdose deaths that continues across the United States.

The rising number of fentanyl overdose  deaths has been extremely difficult to get under control because most people taking the deadly drug are not even aware of it. The majority of users believe they are taking a much less powerful drug, such as the commonly prescribed pain killer hydrocodone or even the illicit drug, heroin, which is also much weaker in potency. In the case of the Prince death, drugs found at the musician’s home included pills that were erroneously labeled as hydrocodone, but actually contained fentanyl.

These pills were most likely counterfeit, which has been a common outcome as of late, in many fentanyl overdose cases. Illicit drug dealers are also using fentanyl to cut heroin because it is cheaper than real heroin and, therefore, results in a greater yield, increasing profit margins. Heroin users assume they are purchasing typical doses of heroin and use the drug they obtain accordingly (accordingly for a drug addict anyway), which has also contributed to the skyrocketing opioid death trend.

Officials doubt that Prince was aware of what he was really taking before he died.  Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than hydrocodone, morphine, or heroin, so even an opioid user with a substantial tolerance, can easily fall victim to a fatal overdose on this drug.  Online searches for “fentanyl more addictive than morphine” will provide many facts about how lethal this drug is.

The Prince death news reports have brought awareness to this toxic and powerful “kill pill”. Here are some facts below found through online search results for fentanyl more addictive than morphine:

The fentanyl overdose problem is now a global threat. More can be read from searching “ is fentanyl more addictive than morphine” online, or by reading an article published by the DEA government website titled, Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyls: A Global Threat.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/26/health/prince-minnesota-fentanyl-counterfeit-pills/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2016/08/22/princes-death-from-fentanyl-may-have-been-due-to-counterfeit-generic-drugs/#507f7b692b17

http://drugfree.org/parent-blog/fentanyl-synthetic-opioids-5-things-need-know/

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/fentanyl