The death of high school football stand-out Blain Padgett is being treated as a possible homicide by police in Texas. The Rice University football star died in March. His body was found at his home when he did not report for a workout on March 2 in Houston. According to a report released by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office in June, the 21-year-old Padgett die as a result of ingesting carfentanil, an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl which is used by drug abusers. Mical Padgett, father of the player, said this summer that he and his family seek to know how their son obtained the drug that killed him.

Mical Padgett’s statement read:

"The family is very devastated by the news and how it came out of the blue. The way we heard about it is very disappointing. We would like to know how Blain got his hands on this drug that seems very difficult to get. That's our main question. How did he get it and why did he take it? Sadly, nothing we find out will bring Blain back, which is what we really want."

Carfentanil is a dangerous opioid that was designed to tranquilize elephants. The drug is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which is used to relieve pain experienced by cancer patients. Carfentanil is deadly because it suppresses the automatic functions of the brain that allow breathing. Fentanyl is also dangerous, if misused.

Padgett measured 6'5" and 250 pounds, and had completed his third season at Rice as a redshirt junior. He hailed from Sour Lake, Texas, and graduated from Hardin Jefferson High School. During his sophomore year, Padgett led the defensive line for the Owls with 41 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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