Fentanyl Overdose a Persistent Problem Across the Nation

Pop icon Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, according to autopsy results. The findings revealed an overdose on fentanyl, an opioid that can be 50 times more potent than heroin.

Fentanyl is a strong narcotic used to treat severe pain. It carries a high risk for addiction, and can cause respiratory distress and death if taken in high doses or with other substances. It is unclear whether Prince was being prescribed fentanyl, but sources close to the singer note that he suffered from serious knee and hip pain.

There has been a surge in fentanyl overdoses in recent years. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began investigating the increase in fatal fentanyl overdoses across the U.S. Although fentanyl that is legitimately prescribed can be misused and lead to overdose, the majority of fatal overdoses are due to illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

According to the CDC, at least 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2014. Fentanyl was involved in 5,554 of those fatal overdoses.

“Opioid overdoses are an epidemic across the nation, and pharmaceutical companies need to be held responsible for pushing them on consumers,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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