Prince’s Death – The view from front lines of Drug Epidemic

Submission Date: May 7th, 2016
Attributing Author: David Crary
Source: SFGATE (sfgate.com)

On the front lines of America’s fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose.

NEW YORK (AP) — On the front lines of America’s fight against a drug-abuse epidemic, there have been emotional, sometimes contradictory reactions to news that investigators are looking into whether Prince died of an overdose.

Those engaged in the fight say a celebrity’s death can help raise awareness of the problems yet also overshadow the other victims dying by the hundreds every week. Others suggest the attention to celebrity deaths is transitory and has limited impact.

 In Prince’s case, investigators are looking into whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks preceding his death. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Prince’s representatives, shortly before his death on April 21, had arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the record number of drug overdose deaths in 2014 included 18,893 related to prescription pain relievers and 10,574 related to heroin, which many abusers switch to after becoming hooked on painkillers.

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