Prince Had Exceedingly High Concentration Of Fentanyl, Report Says

– Contributed by Amaya Starkey

As it nears the two-year anniversary of the death of Prince, “E News” is reporting Prince’s body contained an “exceedingly high” concentration of the opioid fentanyl.

Prince passed away in April of 2016 at his Paisley Park compound. An investigation conducted briefly after his death claimed that the artist succumb to an accidental overdose. Now it is being disclosed just how much fentanyl was actually in Prince’s system at the time of his death.

Per the Associated Press, the concentration of fentanyl in Prince’s blood stream was 67.8 micrograms per liter. There have been many deaths documented in people with blood levels spanning from three to 58 micrograms per liter.

Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told the Associated Press, “The amount in his blood is exceedingly high, even for somebody who is a chronic pain patient on fentanyl patches.” He claims Prince’s fentanyl levels were “ a pretty clear smoking gun.”

Dr. Charles McKay, president of the American College of Medical Toxicology believes that Prince took the opioid by mouth; still, the concentrations in the blood and liver suggest that the drug had plenty of opportunity to spread before he passed, according to the Guardian.

There is technically no “lethal level” in which fentanyl can be fatal. However, people who consistently take prescription opioids can build up a tolerance. Therefore, some amounts can kill while other could help someone else with a different tolerance level.

Minnesota officials have revealed pans to build a fence in tribute to Prince inside Paisley Park, which is Prince’s home and studio. They hope to be finished in time for he fans who plan to visit on the anniversary of his death. The fence will have fan messages, notes, and merchandise collected by Paisley Park.

 

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