NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It is now being widely reported that iconic rock star Prince, who died suddenly on April 21, had become addicted to prescription painkillers. Investigators now believe his death was caused by an opioid overdose. Prince was seeking help for his addiction just before his death. Many were surprised by the reports because Prince had a reputation for "clean living" and was known to be opposed to illegal drug use. Prince had been suffering from chronic hip pain and had prescriptions for the medication.
According to chronic pain expert Cindy Perlin, author of The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free , this is an all-too-common scenario that has killed more than 169,000 Americans. "Prescription painkiller deaths do not have to happen," says Perlin. "There are safer, more effective treatments for pain. One is medical marijuana." Perlin reports that studies have shown that marijuana is an extremely effective pain reliever that can help opioid users wean off their medications. Marijuana has fewer side effects, is not physically addictive and there is no lethal dose level.
Perlin points out that ironically, in Minnesota, where Prince lived, medical marijuana is scheduled to become legal for intractable pain in August. "That's too late for Prince and many others," insists Perlin. "Liberal medical marijuana laws that provide easy access for all pain patients need to be implemented immediately nationwide. Too many have already suffered from addiction to opioids and too many have died."
Perlin is a licensed clinical social worker, certified biofeedback practitioner and chronic pain survivor. She has been a guest on multiple TV and radio networks, among them PBS, SiriusXm, and RadioMD. Her op-ed pieces and letters have been published in the Albany Times Union, New York Times and Wall Street Journal and she has contributed columns to OpEdNews.com, PainNewsNetwork.org, PsychologyToday.com and NaturalNews.com. More information can be found at www.cindyperlin.com.
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CONTACT: Cindy Perlin, 518-439-6431; Email
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SOURCE Cindy Perlin