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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Slipknot Bassist Fentanyl Overdose

AP

Prescription drugs have flooded American streets as more and more people are prescribed drugs that they do not need. There are many people who will subsidize their income by selling their medicine to people without prescriptions. Pharmaceutical overdoses are becoming more and more common even with celebrities, as was seen with the multiple overdoses that occurred in the last year including Michael Jackson.

Paul Gray, 38, the bassist of the hardcore metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. A hypodermic needle and prescription pills were found by a hotel worker who called 911. The autopsy showed that Gray overdosed on morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute and there were signs of heart disease.

There is no evidence that a doctor prescribed the medications, according to Sgt. Dave Disney, which means that the drugs were acquired outside of any pharmacy. Police are trying to determine where the drugs came from which is never an easy thing.

“Gray was a co-founder of the Des Moines-based band known for its grotesque masks, thrashing sounds and aggressive, dark lyrics. Slipknot emerged in the mid-1990s and its 1999 debut album sold about 2 million copies. The band won a Grammy in 2006 for best metal performance for the song "Before I Forget”.

Fentanyl is fast becoming a major killer, there are more people being prescribed the drug even though something less strong would be sufficient. Fentanyl, 100 times stronger than morphine, belongs in a hospital setting and nowhere else. Fentanyl is essentially clean heroin and is extremely addictive.

A more proactive approach needs to be taken with pharmaceuticals as more kids are being introduced to them. Most people do not view prescription meds the same way as street drugs, teenagers do not see the harm in taking a drug that was prescribed by a doctor. Sadly, drugs have the power to kill no matter where they come from.

Source: AP

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