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The health care system that failed Prince needs an immediate intervention Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

Shruti Kulkarni, JD, in a 7/4/16 KevinMD post, writes:
 
It has now been confirmed that Prince's untimely death resulted from an overdose of the drug fentanyl.
 
It is unclear whether the lethal dose of fentanyl was a prescription medication or a counterfeit "analog" drug from the illicit market. Regardless, the facts are now clear enough to know that the U.S. health care system failed Prince in the same ways it is failing the 78 Americans who die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids, heroin, and analog drugs.
 
The author points out that:

On April 15 of this year, a plane with Prince onboard made an unscheduled landing in Moline, Illinois, to take Prince to an emergency room, where he was administered the opioid-overdose reversal medication naloxone. Three hours later, Prince left the hospital and flew home to Minneapolis.
...On April 21, just six days after his non-fatal overdose, Prince overdosed again and died.
 
The prince of pop and king of style was one of a kind in his life but not in his death. According to the Palm Beach County sheriff's department, one in four individuals who die of an overdose in the U.S. previously suffered a non-fatal overdose. This can't keep happening.

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