On June 2, 2016 findings from Prince’s autopsy confirmed that the superstar died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine.
In March 2015, Federal Drug Enforcement officials issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and blamed the drug for an alarming increase in deadly overdoses, stating that fentanyl poses a threat to public health and safety.
Fentanyl is the most potent narcotic known and even small doses can be lethal. The drug is seen as being at least partially responsible for the epidemic in overdoses that has recently led the House of Representative to pass opioid legislation, bringing both republicans and democrats together on this important issue.
Hopefully, part of Prince’s legacy, aside from his music, can be the saving of lives that might occur now that his passing has highlighted the dangers of fentanyl abuse.
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