In the midst of our daily lives, people awoke to life shattering news: Prince Died. In what can be described as an event that stopped the world, people were thrown into a rolling wave of depression, shock, and even more are questioning the fragility of their own lives.

After the initial shock wore off, there were lots of unanswered questions. Recently the question of how he died was revealed and it shocked the public. Now the headlines are flashing with an update: Prince Dies of Opioid Overdose.

For a man that was a hero and someone to look up to, this news has been very upsetting. Even for people who knew Prince personally, they are having a hard time understanding how this happened. Prince was known for being one of the few music idols that didn’t struggle with drug abuse through his career. How did he go from no drug addictions to dying from an overdose?

Prince struggled with opioid addiction for many decades, but it wasn’t until recently that the general public was made aware of the recent epidemic that is coming to light. Prince was supplied the drugs to help with his anxiety from performing and being around large groups of people; seems that the beloved performer had a 30 year streak of stage fright and performance anxiety. This has been the same cause for many musicians to become addicted or illicit drugs; however, Prince seems to have kept it on the down low.

In the days before his death, a toxic mix of opioid overdose and a weakened body from the flu is ultimately to blame for his death. He did have a health scare on a flight that led him to a brief hospital stay and a drug rehab follow up. He was found deceased the day before he was scheduled for rehab. For more about the days before his death, click here.

There are a lot of stereotypes of what kind of people become addicted to opioids, but there is a lot of mis-information that fuels those false stereotypes. So here are some hard facts to help inform you just how important it is to be informed, since everyone can be at risk of forming a dependency to opioids.

Myth: Only addicts can overdose on opioids.

Truth: While some people are already struggling with addiction before being introduced to opioids, there is a 44% chance that a non-user can become addicted to opioids after something simple like a medical emergency or procedure where a painkiller is prescribed. Read more about how this happens here.

Myth: It takes long term use to become addicted to painkillers.

Truth: Many of the procedures that have painkillers prescribed usually estimate a recovery period of a year or much less. That’s not very long to become addicted. It starts off with one prescription where you are pain free to make you realize how much pain you are in without them.

This sudden loss of a hero has led to more awareness for the epidemic that killed him. It is always heart-breaking to lose such a wonderful and talented person, but he didn’t die in vain. His memory will live on in the hearts of millions of fans, and will also spur the need for a solution to this epidemic. Read here for treatment information.