Three months on from the dying of legendary rocker Tom Petty, an post-mortem has revealed that the true reason behind dying is the results of the singer being prescribed ‘harmful’ Massive Pharma painkillers.
“Petty had a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl in his system. The musician,66, was discovered unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu residence on Oct. three and died on the UCLA Medical Heart that night,” Chief of Coroner Investigations Brian Elias has confirmed.
“Our household sat collectively this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s workplace and we have been knowledgeable of their remaining evaluation that Tom Petty handed away as a consequence of an unintended drug overdose on account of taking quite a lot of medicines.
Sadly Tom’s physique suffered from many critical illnesses together with emphysema, knee issues and most importantly a fractured hip.
Regardless of this painful damage he insisted on maintaining his dedication to his followers and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a extra critical damage.
On the day he died he was knowledgeable his hip had graduated to a full on break and it’s our feeling that the ache was merely insufferable and was the trigger for his over use of medicine.
We knew earlier than the report was shared with us that he was prescribed numerous ache medicines for a mess of points together with Fentanyl patches and we really feel assured that this was, because the coroner discovered, an unlucky accident.
As a household we acknowledge this report could spark an extra dialogue on the opioid disaster and we really feel that it’s a wholesome and needed dialogue and we hope ultimately this report can save lives. Many individuals who overdose start with a legit damage or just don’t perceive the efficiency and lethal nature of those medicines.
On a constructive be aware we now know for sure he went painlessly and fantastically exhausted after doing what he beloved essentially the most, for one final time, performing dwell along with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal followers on the largest tour of his 40 plus yr profession. He was extraordinarily pleased with that achievement within the days earlier than he handed.
We proceed to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ unimaginable constructive influence on music and the world. And we thanks all on your love and help during the last months.
Thanks additionally for respecting the reminiscence of a person who was actually nice throughout his time on this planet each publicly and privately.
We’d be grateful in the event you may respect the privateness of your entire Heartbreaker household throughout this troublesome time.
Dana Petty and Adria Petty” [Supply]
A Repeating Sample
Whereas his household is fast to level out that this was an unlucky accident introduced on by Petty’s extreme ache, there’s an underlying sample right here that’s usually underrepresented within the media. Overdoses of prescription medicines, particularly opioids, are actually a main reason behind preventable dying in the US.
Opioids (together with prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed greater than 42,000 individuals in 2016, greater than any yr on file. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths contain a prescription opioid. In 2016, 40% all opioid overdose deaths concerned a prescription opioid.” [CDC]
In 2016, the Artist Prince died, and in response to health workers, his dying was the unintended results of overuse of the pharmaceutical opioid fentanyl, additionally utilized by Petty.
Fentanyl is being blamed for a dramatic rise in opioid associated overdoses, which has developed right into a full blown nationwide well being disaster.
“Fentanyl, prescribed by medical doctors for most cancers therapy, might be made illicitly and is blamed for a spike in overdose deaths in the US. It’s 25 to 50 occasions stronger than heroin and 50 to 100 occasions stronger than morphine, in response to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.” [Supply]
We’re slowly realizing that the flood of lethal artificial opioids is a real conspiracy, and plenty of instances have emerged lately involving pharmaceutical executives and schemes to bribe medical doctors into over-prescribing these medicines to be able to create drug-dependent addicts, or repeat clients.
In a case like this one involving an unimaginable expertise, we’re reminded once more of how extreme this nationwide disaster has turn into.