Prince Toxicology Report Reveals "Exceedingly High" Amount Of Fentanyl

March 27, 2018
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It's official.  A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy has been obtained, revealing that the singer had an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his system upon his death in April, 2016.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin and is used in pain medication and as part of the makeup of anesthesia.  The report indicated that at the time of his death, the concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter.  Fatalities have been recorded where people have had anywhere from 3 to 58 micrograms per liter.  Also, the amount of fentanyl in his liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram.  Most liver concentrations greater than 69 micrograms per kilogram often "represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases" according to the report.  

Experts confirmed there is no "definite" lethal level for fentanyl.  What could be fatal for one person realistically could help alleviate another's pain.  Search warrants released about a year after Prince's death revealed numerous prescription bottles in his estate, many of which testing positive for fentanyl and other drugs.  The source of the drugs has not yet been determined.

The lead prosecutor in the county of Prince's death confirmed that he was working with local law enforcement to determine whether or not to charge anyone "in the near future."

Via USA Today