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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Singer Tom Petty died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications, according to an autopsy report. His family announced the findings on Facebook. "Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip," the post reads. "On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication." His family said they agreed with the autopsy report that the overdose was accidental but also said they hoped his death would draw attention to dangerous opioids. "As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications."

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why, ...you think Tom wasn't capable of making his own decisions?

LOCK 'EM UP!

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-19 11:13 PM | Reply

you wanna help: END THE DRUG WAR.

lots of ppl want drugs. many even like them. lots of musicians and artist are users, so what.
...oh i get it LOCK 'EM UP/PROHIBIT AND ERADICATE THE PLANTS THESE SUBSTANCES COME FROM.
form secret police to enforce the prohibition.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-19 11:19 PM | Reply

The drugs he had in his system were all manufactured by large pharma companies. But's let's ignore that.

Let's throw some more poor people in jail. That'll solve it!

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-20 08:37 AM | Reply

Kinda confused why he didn't smoke a joint though.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-20 03:12 PM | Reply

The drugs he had in his system were all manufactured by large pharma companies. But's let's ignore that.
Let's throw some more poor people in jail. That'll solve it!

#3 | POSTED BY KUDZU AT 2018-01-20 08:37 AM

Sometimes people need big pharma. He had a broken hip. I don't see why he wasn't in the hospital hooked up to a morphine pump awaiting surgery. Guy must have been in agony when he overdosed.

#5 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-01-20 03:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I find it annoying that everyone wants to point fingers in these cases. He took more than he should have because it wasn't working for his situation. Doctors, especially at hospitals, have gotten very cold when it comes to people in pain because they have to justify every bit of narcotics they give, and they say stupid things like "Take a Tylenol" when they know that isn't going to do anything. Hospitals won't help people who are on any kind of narcotics when they are in new or worse pain, leaving them no choice but to either be in agony or take too much. There is enough blame to go around to everyone when someone dies, but the current thinking seems to be to just let people be in pain and act like it's the big pharma's fault that they're suffering.

#6 | Posted by LEgregius at 2018-01-20 03:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 I agree with what your saying but most people who have experienced pain can't even imagine the extent that it can reach.
!!!PAIN!!!! I don't know if I'm strong enough to go through it again. The best you can hope for is a little blessed sleep.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-20 04:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was originally reported Petty was found in his home alone and suffered from an apparent heart attack. Which makes me wonder who was he doing drugs with and where are they now?

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-20 04:53 PM | Reply

#8 ignorant statement, wonder on.

#9 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-01-20 05:11 PM | Reply

The power of marijuana to relieve pain is underestimated and I know that for a fact. Jeff Sessions needs to be laughed out of office over his insistence that we need to continue the insane war on drugs.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 05:43 AM | Reply

The difference between an opioid and mj is day and night. Both may be effective, but an opioid takes it to a whole other level. I had a molar pulled a few months back. Based on the resulting pain, I am talking from personal experience.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-22 11:45 AM | Reply

The difference between an opioid and mj is day and night. Both may be effective, but an opioid takes it to a whole other level. I had a molar pulled a few months back. Based on the resulting pain, I am talking from personal experience.

Posted by moder8 at 2018-01-22 11:45 AM | Reply

I'll stick to opioids because 1 I can stand them. Not that stench from pot. 2 providing I'm doing them legally keeps me on THIS side of the bars.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-22 11:50 AM | Reply

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