As word spread of Prince’s death back in April, there was speculation that at the time of his death he may have been addicted to prescription painkillers. In early June, the bad news was confirmed:
Toxicology reports showed that the legendary musician had indeed died of a self-administered opioid overdose.
“Decades” of use
According to an alleged former drug dealer, and an attorney for Prince’s half-siblings, the singer had been using prescription medications for decades, going back as far as the 1980s. Both the alleged drug dealer and Prince’s family said that his use was not “recreational,” but rather to help him “deal with the rigors of performing.”
While there may be extremely rare medical exceptions, decades-long use of powerful painkillers like Percocet and Dilaudid is likely indicative of a serious addiction.
The days before his death
Back in April, TMZ reported that just six days before his death, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and was rushed to the hospital for an apparent overdose.
Sources told TMZ he was given a “save shot,” and though doctors suggested he stay in the hospital at least overnight, he ignored orders and flew back home hours later.
The day before he died, it seemed those surrounding the singer recognized his addiction, because they contacted an addiction specialist based in California. The specialist was Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who planned to work with Prince but was unable to get to Minnesota immediately.
In his absence, Dr. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld to Prince’s Paisley Park Estate. His Son, was tp conduct a health evaluation and convince the singer to enter treatment for addiction and pain management.
But sadly Mr. Kornfeld arrived too late. On April 21, along with two of Prince’s reps, Mr. Kornfeld found the singer collapsed and unresponsive in an elevator. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Recognizing the signs of addiction
In Prince’s case, it seems, at least in retrospect, there were many signs of addiction. Decades-long use of any substance can point to addiction, and when it’s powerful painkillers, the consequences can turn deadly.
If you know someone who has been abusing drugs or alcohol. Or if maybe you find yourself using to cope with anxiety, work pressure, or feel “normal,” we can help.
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