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Lil Peep Cause of Death Puts Focus on Street Drugs, Opioids

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Lil Peep backstage at Spring Summer 2018 Paris Fashion Week in June. (Rex Features via AP)

By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 10:08 AM

Lil Peep's cause of death, apparently drug-related but still officially unknown, sharpened the focus on social media on continuing issues of street drugs, illegal prescriptions and opioid abuse.

The up-and-coming rapper, 21, died Thursday before a scheduled show in Tucson, Arizona, authorities and a business associate confirmed, CNN reported, and said Lil Peep's manager found him unresponsive on his tour bus and emergency personnel failed to revive him.

"After speaking with people on the scene and going into the tour bus, (police) said that there was evidence of a possible drug overdose, most likely from Xanax," Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan told CNN. "Obviously, we're not medical examiners, so there were will an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. (There was) no sign of any kind of foul play."

Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, made drugs an integral part of his music, CNN said. In a short video he shared on social media before his last performance, the rapper posted that he took some Xanax pills — a benzodiazepine often used to treat depression and anxiety, CNN said

The National Institute on Drug Abuse said on its website that more than 90 Americans died daily after overdosing on opioids. The opioid addiction includes prescription pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the economic burden of the epidemic in the United States has reached $78.5 billion annually, including involvement by police, addiction treatment, productivity loss, and health care.

Fans and others on social media said they hope the death is a wakeup call for others about the danger of opioids.

Last month, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency, allowing for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance abuse or mental health treatment, according to a White House statement.


The action also helped the Department of Health and Human Services to more quickly make temporary appointments of specialists with the tools and talent needed to respond effectively to the crisis.

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