Published: Tue, August 23, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Counterfeit drugs found at Prince's home

Counterfeit drugs found at Prince's home

Prince was found dead in a lift at his home in Minnesota on April 21. It was U-47700, not U-4770.

Investigators are learning more towards the theory that Prince may have accidentally taken the counterfeit pills without knowing what they actually contained. When they tested the pills, at least one came up positive for fentanyl. The 57-year-old Prince reportedly had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died.

CNN's Dr. Drew Pinsky said the combination of fentanyl, (which is an opioid based drug), and alprazolam (which is a benzodiazepine) could be the key to why Prince died. More than 700 fentanyl-related overdose deaths were reported to the DEA in late 2013 and 2014. Both the DEA and the US attorney's office in Minnesota are stepping up efforts to curb the illegal production of fentanyl-laced pills by drug traffickers in the hopes that it will save lives, the Star Tribune reports.

Prince had a reputation for clean living, and some friends said they never saw any sign of drug use. The tablets in question were notably discovered in a box at Paisley Park and in bottles of vitamin C and aspirin in a suitcase and bags of the star. However, the pills also contained fentanyl, according to the report.

Almost two dozen prescription narcotic pills were found in a bottle of the over-the-counter medicine Aleve, the source tells the AP.

The pills actually contained traces of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid said to be 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin.

The scheme is similar to a 2006 crisis, when fentanyl was appearing in heroin and killing unsuspecting users.

The Washington Post reports that authorities believe the illegally manufactured fentanyl is being produced in China and sold to drug traffickers in North America.

It's a nation-wide crisis, the unsafe drug fentanyl is causing deadly overdoses. The autopsy also revealed he had diazepam, lidocaine and hydrocodone acids in his system.

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