The mother of Jarad Higgins, a young US rapper known as Juice WRLD has spoken out on her son’s drug dependency, saying she hopes that by drawing focus on the reality of her son’s death, lives can be saved.
Police said the Chicago born 21-year-old rapper who celebrated his birthday just days prior to his passing, had ingested several Percocet pills prior to landing in Chicago on Sunday. He reportedly suffered a seizure and was taken to hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
Speaking exclusively with TMZ, Carmella Wallace, Juice’s mom said, “We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short. As he often addressed in his music and to his fans, Jarad battled with prescription drug dependency.”
His mom went on to say, “Addiction knows no boundaries and its impact goes way beyond the person fighting it. Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”
WHAT IS PERCOCET:
Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
The oxycodone in Percocet can produce serious or life-threatening breathing problems, especially during the first 24 to 72 hours after you’ve first started the prescription or when you’re increasing the dosage.
An overdose of acetaminophen can result in irreversible liver damage and death.1 Because acetaminophen is used in a large number of combination medications, an overdose can happen when you don’t realize that you’re taking it in more than one medication.
Liver injury is also possible when your dosage of acetaminophen exceeds 4000 milligrams per day.