Suburbs and small towns in middle America may be the poster children for the opioid epidemic, but there was an equal storm brewing five miles south of Manhattan.
It didn't matter if the overdose was on heroin or prescription painkillers.
Opioids—including prescription painkillers and fentanyl—also accounted for the overall majority of overdose deaths last year.
The late singer was scheduled to meet with the doc the day after he was found dead, according to a local paper.
Law enforcement officials are looking into any drugs Prince might have taken prior to his death, and whether a doctor was in the mix.
I asked my friend Ernesto, who works as an ICU nurse, some questions about existential anxiety, fear of death, and how surrounding oneself with the dying can affect one's brain.