Percocet Found In Prince’s System, Says New Report

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Percocet Found In Prince’s System, Says New Report

Don’t shoot the messenger, folks. I’m just basically repeating what the major media outlets are saying.

No, the autopsy results and toxicology reports have not been released yet, nor has a cause of death. However, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a source near to the investigation has revealed that Prince did indeed have Percocet in his system. I assume that the MST would be treading lightly here on this sensitive subject, and using a really legitimate source.

Although I think I know the answer to this question, I caution you all that no one yet knows what role, if any, it played in his death. The presence of Percocet alone certainly does not equate to an overdose.

But unfortunately, as more and more details are revealed about the artist’s pain problems and the days leading up to his death, so far it’s not looking good.

Recently, information has been coming from a variety of sources who say that Prince did indeed have a prescription drug problem. Also, the attorney for his now deceased brother and sister came out and said both siblings voiced concern for the artist’s longevity based on his drug use.

It’s all so perplexing. Prince was a very private person, and purported himself as clean and sober. While there is no evidence that he was partaking in illicit drugs, enough speculation is circulating that it’s getting quite hard to ignore.

It is also known that Prince had serious hip pain, likely exacerbated from years of performing.

Local law enforcement has asked for assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorney’s Office in the investigation. It is now known that the artist was in possession of painkillers at the time of his death. The DEA can help identify the origin of the medication, and what prescriptions, if any, the singer had obtained.

The Last Big Reveal

Yesterday, a legal representative for Dr. Howard Kornfeld – a California addiction specialist – announced that Prince and his team had been actively seeking help from Kornfeld, who runs the Recovery Without Walls center.

Additionally, the doctor sent his son Andrew, a pre-med student and practice consultant for his father’s center, to Minnesota the evening before the artist’s death.

According to Kornfeld’s attorney, Andrew was among three persons who discovered Prince unresponsive in his elevator at his Paisley Park estate. He was also the person who called 911. Yes, this is a major development.

In addition to the prescription drug investigation, law enforcement is also seeking the facts surrounding Prince’s private jet emergency landing in Moline, Illinios, on April 15, in which Percocet may have also been a factor.

Commentary

As someone who writes about addiction, I want to be clear that I do not stand in judgment of this man. But I research and write about prescription drug addiction and overdoses all the time. I wonder how many casualties it will take before people wake up and see what’s going on.

Michael Jackson aside, Prince is the latest and most famous person who may have died from these drugs. His story needs to be told. Maybe it will save the life of someone else. I don’t know.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

Related: What is an Addictive Personality?

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