So we now know that rock & roll star Tom Petty died of a nasty drug overdose. But because his medications were prescribed, guess what? The sale of the drugs and the popping of the drugs like M & M's was all perfectly legal.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, the final blood tests revealed that Petty, age 66, had a ton of narcotics swimming in his blood stream at the time of his death - the sum of which looked like this:
Tom Petty's heart stopped while he and his wife were watching television on October 2, 2017. Malibu Paramedics responded and performed advanced life support. But the rescue did not succeed and he was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
The official cause of his death is listed as “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity.” The "manner of death" is listed as an “accident."
His wife described the nearly constant hip pain that Petty was suffering on Facebook, in the hope Tom Petty’s unfortunate narcotic death might save the lives of others.
No, it won't.
Synthetic painkiller deaths are up 200% over just one year, and in fact contributed to the death of another rock legend, Prince, in April 2016. Meant for late-stage cancer patients, health regulators have warned that the highly addictive drug should only be prescribed as a last resort.
Nevertheless, some doctors push them out the door like candy.
Even the CDC - which absolutely loves doctors pushing drugs like street thugs - admits the U.S. is smack in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Last year, prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl killed 42,000 people Americans, and almost half of the drugs are prescribed by physicians.
“We now know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the 16-year increase in opioid overdose death,” (the CDC)
According to some medical experts, narcotic deaths may well reach 250 people per day, which translates to a half-million American drug-caused funerals per decade.
Tom Petty's music will certainly be missed. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and is believed to have sold 80,000,000 records in his amazing career.
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