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Official: Pills found at Prince’s estate contained fentanyl

  1. Docta
    SEVERAL pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said Sunday.

    The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said many pills were falsely labelled as “Watson 385.” According to Drugs.com, that stamp is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

    About a dozen tablets were found in a dressing room at Paisley Park, but the vast majority was in bottles of vitamin C and aspirin that had been tucked inside a suitcase and bags — including one Prince often carried with him.

    Autopsy results released in June show Prince died April 21 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The official who spoke to the I said records show the 57-year-old Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died.

    Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs.

    Fentanyl has been responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in some parts of the country. When made into counterfeit pills, users don’t always know they’re taking fentanyl, increasing the risk of fatal overdose.

    The Star Tribune first reported about the mislabeled pills in a story published on its website late Saturday.

    One pill with the “Watson 385” stamp that was analysed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested positive for fentanyl, lidocaine and another drug. Officials found nearly two dozen pills similar to the one that was tested, the official said.

    Another aspirin bottle had 64 counterfeit tablets in it. Some pills that were analysed contained fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770 — a synthetic drug that is eight times more powerful than morphine. Authorities also found a prescription bottle in someone else’s name that contained 10 oxycodone pills, the official said, without revealing who was listed on the prescription.

    The official said Prince had many of these pills with him on April 15 when the aeroplane he was on made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois, after he fell ill from a suspected drug overdose as he was heading home from a performance in Atlanta. Prince was given two doses of Narcan, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses, the official said.

    The official said roughly 20 different bottles or pill containers have been analysed.

    U-4770 can be tested for in toxicology screens, but is not done routinely because it is a relatively new chemical. Presence of the drug was not tested in Prince’s case, but the levels of fentanyl in his system were more than enough to be toxic, the official said.

    Tests on Prince prior to his death did not show fentanyl in his system, which means he wasn’t a long-time abuser of that drug, but likely took the fatal dose sometime in the 24 hours before he died, the official said.

    The official did not elaborate on those tests. But at least one doctor, Michael Todd Schulenberg, saw Prince on April 7 and again on April 20, the day before he died. According to a search warrant, he told a detective he had ordered tests for Prince and prescribed medications. Schulenberg’s lawyer, Amy Conners, has said patient-privacy laws do not allow her to say what the prescriptions were.

    The autopsy report also shows Prince had diazepam, lidocaine and hydrocodone acids in his body, the official said. Diazepam is an anti-anxiety pill sold as Valium. It’s a sedative and can also be used to control seizures, which Prince suffered from as a child. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic.

    Published August 21, 2016
    Associated Press
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  1. TheBigBadWolf
    Obviously Prince has not ben a reader of DF, otherwise he would have been aware of the danger of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and gods-know-what.

    This means for everyone who obtains pills from somewhere that is not a legit pharmacy to FUCKING TEST YOUR DRUGS!!
    Even or more so if yuo are buying from a "trusted source". They don't even need to know what they are selling.

    Buy test kits, use them in the presence of your dealer and best would be bring a test kit to your dealer and show them how to use it when THEY are buying.

    If black market pills are not controlled substances it is US to control them.

    Be safe
  2. Großschmackhaft
    Makes you wonder why the makers of those counterfeit pills put so much fentanyl in there? One should think they want to mimic the original pills as close as possible and thus put just enough fentanyl in for it to be as strong as the pill they're faking.
  3. TheBigBadWolf
    I don't think that its the manufacturers will to have put so much fentanyl into a single tab, but with every counterfeit product there can (and will due to the bad equipment) have inconsistencies (hot spots)in the powder pills then are pressed from.
    A concrete mixer is just not the same as a mixer out of stainless steel that would be able to produce pharm grade mixtures.

    Furthermore I think it's betraying the consumer to sell something as something else - after a week of fent containing tabs one's tolerance will be through the roof so that no real Oxy pill would work anymore, even if there would be as little fentanyl as used to mimic an original Oxy.

    Selling fake pills with fwntanyl in them in my view is attempted murder on the consumers.

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