Opioid painkillers: Percocet, Percodan and Vicodin

Synthetic drug 50 times stronger than heroin found in dozens of pills !

According to the official statement the singer deceased on April 21 2016 from an overdose of fentanyl, which is also a strong painkiller.

Prince in 2007. © AP

In the house of the deceased superstar Prince has found a huge amount of pills. This is evident from police documents held by TMZ. The finding seems to confirm some sources as was suggested earlier, that the musician was addicted to drugs.

The 57-year-old artist just one day before his death took a mix of powerful painkiller oxycodone and acetaminophen. Remarkably Prince has another name used – Peter Brave Strong – to get hold of the medication. Possible to ensure that people wouldn’t find out about his addiction.

Pop icon Prince died aged 57 and was said to have been taking Percocet for a chronic hip problem he had been suffering for years. Prince is not the only celebrity to have been linked to the highly addictive prescription painkiller Percocet, which he is said to have overdosed on just a week before his death.

Stars including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and R n B singer Gerald Levert all took the drug – some with fatal consequences.

Stars including Elvis (right) Michael Jackson (left) both died with large quantities of drugs in their system.

It is extremely easy to overdose on the drug just by taking more than two Percocet pills at once, especially if the immune system is low, according to Prescription Drugs.org. Over time, lower doses of Percocet can also cause permanent liver damage.

R&B singer Gerald Levert died in 2006 after an accidental overdose of drugs that included Vicodin, Darvocet, Xanax, two over-the-counter antihistamines – and Percocet

Opioid painkillers, which include products like Percocet, Percodan and Vicodin, are so dangerous because they are so seductive. They work by blocking the pain pathway from the nerve endings in the skin to the spinal cord and the brain. This open the floodgates for the chemical dopamine, which triggers sensations of well-being. Dopamine rewires the brain to become accustomed to those benign feelings, leading to addiction.

WHAT IS PERCOCET?

Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone and is used to treat acute pain, often for those with joint problems.

The opiate drug is highly addictive and is usually not prescribed to people who have a history of drug addiction.

Side effects of Percocet include seizures. Prince had epilepsy as a child and suffered seizures, although he later claimed he no longer had the condition after being healed by an angel.

Overdose can cause vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, and yellowing of the skin.

As the overdose progresses, users start to feel faint, their heart rate slows and they can eventually stop breathing and fall into a coma.

Actor Heath Ledger, who died following a prescription drug overdose in 2008, had oxycodone in his system and had also taken a lethal cocktail of other substances.

Soul singer Gerald Levert also had Percocet in his blood stream when he died of an overdose in 2006. He also had Vicodin in his system.

Prince’s autopsy took place today, but the results will not likely be known for weeks.

‘The Chief Medical Examiner for Midwest Medical Examiners Office, on behalf of Carver County Sheriff’s Office, has performed the autopsy on Prince Rogers Nelson,’ a spokesman for the examiner said.

‘The autopsy began at 9am CDT and was completed by Dr A Quinn Strobl at 1pm local time. The body will be released to family later today.

‘As part of a complete exam, relevant information regarding Mr Nelson’s medical and family history will be taken into consideration.

‘Midwest Medical Examiners Office will not release information until the exam is complete and all results are obtained. Gathering results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks.’  source DailyMail.co.uk