An official close to the investigation into the death of pop icon Prince says pills found at his Paisley Park estate were counterfeit drugs that contained the opioid fentanyl, the AP reports.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the offiical.
“The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said nearly two dozen pills found in one Aleve bottle were falsely labeled as ‘Watson 385,'” the story reports. “According to Drugs.com, that stamp is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, but the official said at least one of the pills tested positive for fentanyl.”
“Autopsy results released in June show Prince died April 21 of an accidental fentanyl overdose,” the AP adds. “The official who spoke to the AP said records show the 57-year-old Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died.”
The report adds: “Fentanyl has been responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in some parts of the country. When made into counterfeit pills, users don’t always know they’re taking fentanyl, increasing the risk of fatal overdose.”