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  posted on 1/19/2018 at 08:24 PM
very sad, I knew it was a drug overdose and it's sad that he was never able to get free from opiates which he was addicted to. But even Gregg Allman was this way with relapses with opiates, booze, and still smoking lots of herb even if publically and his PR management claimed he was "sober".

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/tom-petty-died-of-accidental-over dose-family-says/ar-AAuUVlV?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=mailsignout

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.
Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.
Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.
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.
We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.
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.
On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.
We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.
Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.
We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.
Dana Petty and Adria Petty

 

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  posted on 1/19/2018 at 08:28 PM
“The Hall of Fame musician had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl (including acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl), oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic Restoril (a sleep aid) and generic Celexa (which treats depression).”

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  posted on 1/20/2018 at 10:59 AM
As a society we have a very serious drug problem with drugs out there that I didn't even know existed.
We're not talking about puffing grass or dealing with an alcohol problem.
These drugs don't discriminate and they are killing without predisposition.
Now I'm reading Roy Halliday had various drugs in his system before he crashed his plane and died.
Maybe I'm old but I just don't understand it other than to say it must be a very powerful addiction.
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  posted on 1/20/2018 at 02:21 PM
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“The Hall of Fame musician had taken several pain medications, including Fentanyl (including acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl), oxycodone and generic Xanax. Other medications included generic Restoril (a sleep aid) and generic Celexa (which treats depression).”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-pettys-cause-of-death-accidenta l-overdose-w515472


Fentanyl is stronger than oxycodone (Vicodin). If the Fentanyl was not enough, he could have been given morphine. Giving someone the fentanyl, oxycodone plus Xanax and a sleep medication seems like overmedicating. Respiratory depression, where you can't breathe enough happens with combined narcotics and tranquilizers or sedatives.

If someone has a fractured hip, he needs to have it properly treated, surgically if necessary, and then go thru the rehab. (physical therapy), to just numb the pain and keep touring is not the way to go.

This needs to be a heads up and wake up call for others who are tempted to just deal with the pain medicinally, without fixing the cause. There are people who live with chronic pain due to conditions that modern medicine has not fixed, but there are pain management specialists, who do injections to help these people live their lives without being overmedicated.

I have had lidocaine and cortisone injections in my spine to deal with sciatica years ago, take down the cause of the pain, the inflammation, until healing can happen. I tore muscles in my back, took 6 months of p/t two to three times a week with ultrasound, electrical stimulation to fix it. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong, and you need to do whatever you need to do to get it fixed.

The story of Tom Petty is a tragedy. I won't say it could have been avoided, because sometimes no matter how careful you are, things happen anyway, but people need to put their health before money and everything else.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2018 at 09:15 AM
Sad news but not surprising given Petty has been a long time addict of one chemical or another. I recall him speaking very candidly about it many years ago. Specifically his decades long struggle with heroin.
 

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  posted on 1/21/2018 at 11:43 AM
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Sad news but not surprising given Petty has been a long time addict of one chemical or another. I recall him speaking very candidly about it many years ago. Specifically his decades long struggle with heroin.


In his bio Petty spoke openly about his heroin addiction. It occurred during the 90's and wasn't a decades long struggle.

Where have you read or heard him speak about being a long time addict of other chemicals?

 

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  posted on 1/21/2018 at 01:18 PM
Don't want to point fingers, just seems like every time a major star passes, that more intense care would have or could have been shown, by Friends, Family, managers, reps. It happened with Prince, Petty, Wiilams etc.. I mean Tom Petty was a sick man in a lot of pain, with a history of drug abuse, depression etc and he gets left alone to his own devices with a bottle of Fentanyl sitting in front of him??? I know human situations are complicated and no doubt I am under informed, but somebody tell me, how all this can be???........Peace.........joe
 

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Sad news but not surprising given Petty has been a long time addict of one chemical or another. I recall him speaking very candidly about it many years ago. Specifically his decades long struggle with heroin.


In his bio Petty spoke openly about his heroin addiction. It occurred during the 90's and wasn't a decades long struggle.

Where have you read or heard him speak about being a long time addict of other chemicals?
Rolling stone article.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2018 at 02:37 PM
You have a link?

This recent one doesn't indicate that:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-pettys-cause-of-death-accidenta l-overdose-w515472

Petty said he'd experimented with cocaine over the years ("[It] was never a good look," he told Men's Journal) and drinking ("I didn't like the taste or the buzz," he said). But it was in the late Nineties, when he was in his late 40s and two decades after he'd become a superstar, that he developed an addiction to heroin after a bitter divorce from his first wife. "Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work," he said in author Warren Zanes' book Petty: The Biography. "It's an ugly **** ing thing." He sought out treatment for his addiction and remarried in 2001.
"Using heroin went against my grain," Petty said in the book. "I didn't want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn't work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work. It's an ugly **** ing thing."


 

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  posted on 1/21/2018 at 09:09 PM
The disease of addiction is very complicated.The addict changes his drug of choice thinking that things will be different but they never are.Tom may have found comfort for his hip pain as well as his depression by taking a prescription that a doctor gave him.An addict can justify his useing for that reason.The people around him think he's ok as well.Once an addict always an addict you take it with you no matter where you go.You are the only one that can make the decision to get help.Tom was a very important person to a lot of people.Im very saddened by this news.RIP Tom
 

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  posted on 1/22/2018 at 07:51 PM
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Don't want to point fingers, just seems like every time a major star passes, that more intense care would have or could have been shown, by Friends, Family, managers, reps. It happened with Prince, Petty, Wiilams etc.. I mean Tom Petty was a sick man in a lot of pain, with a history of drug abuse, depression etc and he gets left alone to his own devices with a bottle of Fentanyl sitting in front of him??? I know human situations are complicated and no doubt I am under informed, but somebody tell me, how all this can be???........Peace.........joe


The Doctors are not adequately trained in pain management that's how. If you want someone who knows how to manage pain you need to speak to someone with anesthesia training, they KNOW how bad the pain is or will be from a procedure or disorder and they can medicate you so that you do not stop breathing and you can function. Regular Doctors just follow established protocol which is not sufficient in everyone because one size does not fit all. Some people are more sensitive to pain, they absorb the pain meds at different times and levels. Everybody cannot wait 4 hours when they are in bad pain. I understand laddering your meds, which is rather than waiting 4 hours to take the next FULL dose, at 2 1/2 - 3 hrs. do half a dose more. Continue this until you have sufficient relief then just continue on with the 4 hour schedule once you have saturated your binding sites. The binding sites are the places in your brain where the medication goes, they can hold a certain amount for a certain amount of time. Once they are full (saturated) you can wait awhile maybe 6 hours till you need more. That is when you can finally get some sleep without sleeping pills or anything else.

The problem is people use too many different things. If pain is keeping you awake and you can't sleep, you do not need sleeping pills, you need adequate pain relief, then you can rest. But you cannot suppress your respiration to the point where you are barely breathing either. An anesthesiologist explained to me if I did NOT agree to have the nerve block (which they put in your neck) during one of my surgeries, they would have to give me so much drugs to sufficiently kill the pain from the surgery, I would have to go on a machine that would breathe for me, because the amount of drugs I would need to suppress the pain during surgery would stop me from breathing normally on my own. The nerve block is usually a safe procedure, but if they screw it up, you can end up paralyzed for life, and it did happen to two people in NYC, which is why I did not want to risk that; but after some lengthy conversations with the anesthesiologist, I was confident in his ability. He answered all my technical questions (after I had read the surgical and anesthesiology journals I had plenty of questions) and took very good care of me.

People do not know, they just go to their Doctors tell them their troubles and expect a solution. The Doctor's need better pain management training, or the patient should ask for a referral to a pain management specialist IF they will have long term pain (more than a couple of months).

 

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  posted on 1/22/2018 at 07:58 PM
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The disease of addiction is very complicated.The addict changes his drug of choice thinking that things will be different but they never are.Tom may have found comfort for his hip pain as well as his depression by taking a prescription that a doctor gave him.An addict can justify his useing for that reason.The people around him think he's ok as well.Once an addict always an addict you take it with you no matter where you go.You are the only one that can make the decision to get help.Tom was a very important person to a lot of people.Im very saddened by this news.RIP Tom


An addict is usually someone who wants to get high. Someone who needs pain relief may become an addict because they are on the medication for a long amount of time, but they are not really addicts, they are just addicted because of the need for the pain relief. Once the medical problem is solved, then they can be weaned off the medication. Also, if the drugs they are given are not strong enough to do the job, that's where the problems come in, they need to take more and more for relief. I still firmly believe people should be able to be given morphine for post surgical pain, but the Doctors never want to do that; so people writhe in agony and take too much of whatever else was prescribed. In Petty's case, okay he used heroin prior to that, so he had the desire for that euphoria; that still does not negate his medical needs. He should have been told to report to the operating room, and been given morphine post up, that would have handled his pain, and he could have gotten well. After getting well, being weaned off the morphine, if he went back to romancing heroin, well, that would be due to his other needs (psychic and emotional pain/scars/wounds). Nobody just gets high for no reason, there is always something bothering them that makes them feel uneasy.

 

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