Raw Story: Prince Feature Article

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The media can’t seem to get its stories about Prince right. As the news feed overflows with stories with the word “Prince” and “addiction” in them, very few of them feature the word “chronic pain.” Multiple reports mention that Prince had suffered from years with pain in his hips due to injuries racked up during his performances. His body wracked with pain, Prince relied on opiate pain medications to provide him some relief. And yet, even today, the stately New York Times featured a lengthy article about Prince seeking “help” with an addiction.

In this article originally written for Raw Story, and picked up by AlterNet, Lorraine Berry argues that even before the full autopsy results have come in, the media has promulgated the story that Prince died of a drug overdose. Following on this “discovery” on their part, they have tied Prince’s death into the abuse of opiates and heroin. None of them have asked whether Prince’s chronic pain may have contributed to his death. Lorraine argues that rather than seeing Prince’s death as some moral failing that led him to overdose, that we change the narrative to ask if, instead this is a story of a man who suffered from chronic pain, and that it contributed in an enormous way to his premature death.

Lorraine argues that rather than seeing Prince’s death as some moral failing that led him to overdose, that we change the narrative to ask if, instead this is a story of a man who suffered from chronic pain, and that it contributed in an enormous way to his premature death.

 

 

 

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