According to the Washington Post, Prince, also known as Prince Rogers Nelson, was recently found dead at his Paisley Park Estate, only a day before he was scheduled to meet with an opioid-treatment specialist, a specialist that was supposed to help him battle and control his ever-worsening painkiller and opioid addiction on April 21, 2016.
Prince’s lawyer, William Mauzy, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that representatives for Prince had contacted a California addiction specialist and doctor, Howard Kornfeld, the doctor in charge of his opioid addiction.
According to reports, the representatives contacted the doctor for a “grave medical emergency” on April 20, the night before the ultra-famous pop star was found dead in his personal elevator.
Doctor Howard Kornfeld, the director of Recovery Without Walls, a personalized outpatient clinic specializing in addiction treatment services, told the Star Tribune that he could not make it to his Minneapolis home until April 22, so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, to inform Prince.
In the same paper, Mauzy said Kornfeld arrived in Minneapolis on April 21 with buprenorphine, a medication specifically used to treat those suffering from an opioid addiction. However, as fate would have it, it was too late.
The Growing Opioid Epidemic
Currently, the United States is witnessing an opioid epidemic that is causing many different overdose-related deaths, a number not seen since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The opioid epidemic has gotten progressively worse, to the point that President Barack Obama vowed to increase the federal budget to supply federal- and state-run treatment facilities to help combat the growing issue. In fact, in January 2016, the same bill was passed among the Senate, in which it received a unanimous pass.
This growing opioid epidemic has arisen in many parts of the United States during the previous decade because of an influx of painkillers being prescribed around the country. Once both federal and local governments stepped in to control this influx of prescription drugs, those previous painkiller users without access to it, soon developed a heroin addiction problem — another opioid.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if not dealt with immediately, this growing opioid epidemic is projected to claim nearly triple the lives it already has during the past 10 years.