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.
As a country, we are not in a place where we can have an adult conversation about opioids because the Trump regime has, literally, put an ignorant, useless man child in a position of responsibility with regards to solving this problem. It will take a complete flushing out of everything Trump related to get us to a point where we can tackle this problem.
We have a dysfunctional government that won't regulate a drug industry so drunk on profits, they'll never have a sober moment again. We have a crisis on our hands and no one is doing anything. Hey, add that to the pile of things that won't get solved or worked on until we pass through this era with another piece of our hearts ripped out.
So far, we've lost Tom Petty and Prince to opioids or to complications with misusing these drugs. On top of that, we have lose countless other people, and that's an American tragedy.