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Prince Found with Painkiller Percocet in System

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Prince Found with Painkiller Percocet in System

Did Percocet kill Prince?  This is the question that investigators are trying to definitively determine about the superstar’s sudden death.  Despite headliners that state “Prince found with Painkiller Percocet in System” and the fact that his autopsy has been completed and the singer already laid to rest, the cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Sources however say the following situations leading up to and surrounding the singer’s last days’ leave little doubt that “Percocet” the highly addictive pain medication leave was a major contributor in his untimely death.

  • Sources claim Prince began using Percocet in 2010 which is a highly addictive painkiller containing oxycodone to help manage chronic hip pain.
  • Approximately one week before his death, the singer’s flight made an emergency landing to a hospital while traveling home after a performance in Atlanta. Sources say, he was administered an opioid overdose reversal agent Naloxone (Narcan) and despite the hospital staff’s recommendation to wait for 24 hours, the singer resumed his traveling only three hours later.   
  • According to a CNN report, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, an addiction and pain specialist was asked to help Prince with his addiction to Percocet.  
  • In a press conference, lawyer, William Mauzy, reported that the treatment facility “Recovery Without Walls” had been hired to by the singer’s representative to begin emergency treatment on Prince for prescription drug addiction.
  • The singer was alleged scheduled to meet with Dr. Kornfeld the day after his death.  
  • According to a CNN report, Andrew Kornfeld, a pre-med student and the Howard Kornfeld’s son had been sent in the capacity of consultant to meet with the Prince in order to stabilize the singer before transporting him to the drug treatment facility.   
  • Andrew Kornfeld was on the scene at the time Prince was found and reportedly made the 911 call regarding the singer’s death.
  • According to Minnesota police, when they arrived on the scene at the singer’s home, Kornfeld was carrying a starter dose of Suboxone, a drug containing buprenorphine that is used to treat opiate addiction.  
  • The drugs were taken into possession by the Carver County Sheriff’s office and Kornfeld could face charges for possessing the Suboxone without a prescription.  
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have confirmed their involvement in the investigation of Prince’s death because of the issues with Percocet.  

Whether Percocet was the primary cause of the singer’s death or not, the controversy swirling around the presence of Percocet has once again highlighted the danger of this deadly narcotic substance.  Friends and family say the singer tried to live a clean drug free lifestyle. However, failure to recognize the addictive potential for a prescription drug often delude people taking prescription drugs like Percocet into a false sense of security. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the potential for fatalities caused by prescription drug overdose is a major public health concern.  Based on CDC records, prescription opioids have killed more than 165,000 people in the United States between 1994 and 2014.

Experts warn that people that have habituated the use of oxycodone products such as Percocet may already be in danger of addiction. They are also at grave risk of suffering the same fate as Prince and others if they misuse these drugs that have been prescribe to help manage chronic pain. This fate however, can be changed with appropriate and timely drug treatment.  If you have just begun to use Percocet, it is important to pay attention to changes such as the need to increase the dosage to achieve the same effects.  This is an indication of growing tolerance levels that ultimately leads to dependence and addiction if the process is allowed to continue.  

Prescription drug abuse can lead to a dangerous addiction that, for many individuals often segue into an illicit heroin problem.  As shown time and time again, Percocet has the potential to end life. Getting into a treatment program as soon as possible to prevent this is the first step in removing the risks associated with continued use of this drug.  Percocet Drug Rehab programs are designed to stop dependence at the onset as well as to restore lives already trapped in the cycles of addiction.

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