The tragic and untimely death of former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in the middle of the MLB season rocked the baseball world, but a new and incredibly concerning discussion came about when his autopsy results were revealed.
Skaggs was determined to have died from a drug overdose after fentanyl, oxycodone, ethanal, and alcohol were found in his system. An Angels staffer is a suspect in the case for allegedly supplying Skaggs with a number of these controlled substances.
Now, the United States' Drug Enforcement Administration is looking into all of it, reports ESPN's TJ Quinn.
Given the opioid crisis in the US, coupled with the fact that fentanyl is a dangerously strong painkiller that shouldn't be obtained outside of hospitals considering it's used only in significant medical situations involving high levels of pain, it's not entirely surprising the government wants to get to the bottom of this.
Fentanyl has been increasingly used in recent years to lace other drugs, which has caused countless deaths. The government is trying to determine of where Skaggs obtained the drug in an effort to halt its illicit distribution.
One can only hope the authorities find what they're looking for as soon as possible so the Skaggs' family can finally put it behind them. It's hard to fathom just how much pain this whole saga has caused them.