While most people assume that those who need addiction treatment for a problem with drugs take illegal substances such as heroin or cocaine, the reality is that there are many individuals across the UK struggling every day with a prescription drug addiction that is destroying their lives. It is hard for others to comprehend that prescription drugs can cause addiction, but these substances are highly addictive and actually dangerous when abused. The issue was brought to light in 2016 when pop legend Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, the deadly opioid prescription drug that he had become hooked on for more than two decades.
Fentanyl is an intensely powerful drug and is typically prescribed to patients who find that other prescription painkillers are no longer working because they have built up a resistance to them. It is fifty times more potent than heroin, which makes it so dangerous.
Prince hid his prescription drug addiction from the world for years, but after his death, it was revealed that he had first started taking prescription medication to help with a hip problem. It was also discovered that he was considering addiction treatment in the days before he died and that he had reached out to an addiction expert for help.
However, tragically, he was found unresponsive and alone in his home on April 21st, 2016 after taking an apparent accidental overdose of the deadly drug. Now in unsealed search warrants, it has been revealed that Prince’s home was full of pamphlets on opioid addiction and that there were pills scattered throughout. The documents also showed that the star was in a relationship with former The Voice contestant Judith Hill and that he typically travelled under the name Peter Bravestrong in order to protect his privacy.
Police are continuing to investigate how Prince managed to get his hands on fentanyl as he did not have a prescription for this drug. Moreover, despite there being pills found throughout his home in envelopes, Ziploc bags, and cases, only one batch tested positive for fentanyl.
Prince had been prescribed oxycodone by his doctor Michael Todd Schulenberg, but police found that the prescription had been written in his bodyguard’s Kirk Johnson’s name to protect his privacy. This prescription was written just six days before his death when he had another apparent overdose on his plane, which had to stop so that he could receive emergency treatment.
When Prince’s body was found in April 2016, Kirk told first responders that his boss had been dealing with withdrawal from opioid medication and said that the star had not been feeling well in the hours before his death.
The pop legend had been in the process of getting help from Dr Howard Kornfield who runs a drug addiction treatment programme. Dr Kornfield had sent his son Andrew to visit Prince on the morning of his death, who arrived at the scene as the star was found. Tragically, it was too late for Prince.
If you are struggling with a prescription drug addiction, we want you to know that help is available. You may believe addiction treatment is something that only those with addictions to substances such as alcohol or illegal drugs need, but the truth is that many individuals are struggling just like you.
If you have found that you are relying on your prescription medication and cannot function without it, you could be in danger of developing a prescription drug addiction. Prescription drugs are typically designed to be prescribed for short-term treatment of a legitimate medical condition such as severe pain, sleep disorders or anxiety. However, when taken over an extended period, the user can begin to build up a tolerance to them.
This means that he or she may be tempted to take a higher dose believing that their pills are ‘not working anymore’. If this sounds familiar to you, we urge you to get help right now as ignoring the problem will not make it go away.
Here at UKAT, we have helped many individuals to overcome addictions to prescription drugs. We offer first-class addiction treatment programmes to those with all types of addiction and our success rates speak for themselves.
If you need help for addiction, contact us now to find out more about our clinics and programmes. We have a team of dedicated and friendly professionals who will discuss your needs with you before providing you with information and advice about the next steps on the recovery journey. We will answer any queries you may have about addiction treatment and will put your mind at ease regarding what to expect from our programmes. Call today for more information on how we can help.
Source: (Daily Mail) New documents show Prince’s house was littered with pills, police found drug-laden suitcase in his alias ‘Peter Bravestrong’ and he was in a relationship with ex-Voice singer