Mac Miller’s death sheds light on the dangers of fentanyl

Recent allegations have resurfaced in regards to the death of Hip Hop star, Mac Miller who died on September 7, 2018. Mac’s struggle with marijuana and other prescription drugs has been no secret to fans, as the rapper had been very open about it.     

    His supposed overdose has turned into a bigger story connecting a criminal complaint filed against Cameron James Pettit for supplying the rapper with oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. Pettit has been taken into custody and charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.  

    According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl is a “powerful synthetic opioid, 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Usually given after surgery to deal with chronic pain.”

    Although this may seem like a problem most students in Hilliard don’t deal with, Officer Griffith of The Columbus Police Department believes otherwise. 

   “Fentanyl isn’t a big deal, it’s a huge deal in the City of Columbus,” said Officer Griffith.

   Harms of fentanyl are very detrimental, Officer Griffith explains, “Fentanyl is very lethal and very addictive. You don’t have to deliberately ingest this drug; if you smell it, touch it, or even around it, the drug can attach itself to many things in the body and affect you.”                                                                                                               

    When teenagers see musicians and artists that they support openly abusing drugs, there can be a more prominent influence in their lives. This exposure can be either harmful, or necessary to show the harm this causes, such as the death of Mac Miller. This awareness came at the cost of someone’s life. There are many people in the world who supply drugs that are laced in order to do the most harm possible. This serious issue is seen all around the world, and awareness is a big solution.