Prince cause of death officially revealed

The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the musician's death.

Blanks for contributing causes are marked "na", and it's unclear whether that acronym stands for "not applicable" or "not available". And although the report reveals some things, it doesn't provide much detail. They couldn't find a legitimate reason for Prince to use such potent drug. The report doesn't say, but it's possible the scars were evidence of past surgeries for joint pain. The artist was said to have suffered from severe hip pain after years of performing intense acrobatics during his shows.

However, when Andrew arrived at Prince's Paisley Park estate on April 21, Prince was nowhere to be found and he and two of the star's employees eventually found him unresponsive in an elevator. "The timely care Prince may have needed has been hard to obtain in Minnesota, and in many states in our nation". In the study, most overdose victims were middle-aged adults who had been prescribed opioids for chronic pain.

"It's very potent. So the equivalent of a few grains of salt can be lethal in most people", said the State University of NY at Buffalo professor Richard Blondell, whose research focuses on addictions.

Prince's death came less than a week after his plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois, for medical treatment as he was returning from an Atlanta concert.

A law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show the music superstar died of an opioid overdose. However, investigators reportedly have not found any valid prescriptions for the medicine among his belongings. Google searches for "what is fentanyl" immediately went through the roof and the drug began trending on Twitter.

Nothing in the report explains whether Prince used a pharmaceutical product or a street drug. If someone illegally prescribes or fills a Fentanyl prescription for a patient who dies as a result, they could face third-degree murder charges and up to 25 years in prison.

"Was it a lozenge?" The skin patch is known by the brand name Duragesic. Users don't always know when they're taking fentanyl, increasing the risk of fatal overdose. Some prescription drugs can affect the way fentanyl is processed by the body, increasing its toxicity, Agrawal said. "I know this. So do many of my father's patients, treated with buprenorphine, who have mustered the energy and the courage to come join me as we paddle surfboards in the chilly waters off of Northern California's coastline, the sunlight near the horizon interrupted occasionally as near-perfect waves roll in". The most fentanyl used illicitly is manufactured in clandestine labs.

Though doctors are typically not advised to prescribe this drug for acute postoperative pain, some do.

"Prescription opioid overdoses reached almost 19,000 in 2014, the highest number on record".

The singer's alleged prescription drug abuse emerged after his untimely death on April 21. Tyka Nelson lives in a north Minneapolis home and has shied away from the press, but she appeared in court with four of Prince's five half-siblings in early May for the first hearing to start sorting out Prince's estate.

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