Fentanyl. Prince died from an accidental overdoes of Fentanyl. I was afraid that something like this was going to be the outcome. Fentanyl is the strongest opioid approved for use in the US. It’s 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine. That’s a very strong drug that he was self administering. I read that as little as a quarter-milligram of fentanyl can be fatal. To appreciate how tiny an amount that is, consider that a standard aspirin tablet is 325 milligrams — 1,300 times bigger. For a man that weighed 112 pounds at his time of death, he didn’t need much to kill himself.
I don’t know what it means because we don’t know where he had gotten the drug – whether it was prescribed or illegal, but Prince had a problem. Seemed that it started with his hips which were worn down from years of performing in high heels. He had a scar on one hip, but I’ve never been able to confirm if he had a replacement hip or just hip surgery. It seems apparent that he had chronic, debilitating pain and must have become dependent on stronger and stronger meds along the way.
The answer isn’t stopping people from receiving medications for their chronic pain. Rather, meds need to be part of whole body approach to chronic pain – it should include perhaps eastern style treatments such as reiki, massage or accupuncture, relaxation techniques as well as properly administered opioids. The people in Prince’s circle seemed to know that he was in a downward spiral because they had to divert his plane after a show for a dose of narcan, and they had reached out to some doctors for help. Reports said that Prince was going through opioid withdrawal.
I’m just so sad to see someone from my youth and generation gone too soon due to misuse of opioids – and very strong ones. Everytime this happens, it puts a black mark on opioids which is tough because when used properly they can help people with chronic pain live a more normal life. RIP Prince.