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Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

In this April 6, 2017, photo, fan artwork of Prince hangs on a new memorial fence in the parking lot of Paisley Park Museum, the former home and recording complex of the late superstar in Chanhassen, Minn. Almost a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him.

Minnesota court kept all Prince case court documents sealed, they were opened only a year after the death of the singer.

That prescription was filled on the same day that Prince's private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in IL after he overdosed during a flight home following a concert in Atlanta. Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg said that prescriptions were written in Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy.

Mr Johnson told hospital staff at the time that Prince "may have taken Percocet", an opioid containing oxycodone, on the plane, according to one application for a search warrant.

Witnesses told investigators Prince "recently had a history of going through withdrawals which are believed to be the result of abuse of prescription medication", according to the search warrant.

The probe included searches of Prince's computer, cellphone records of his friends and interviews with his associates. Investigators have been working under the assumption that Prince did not know that the pills he took contained the drug.

A person convicted under the law could be stripped of the ability to prescribe controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and face other discipline from the state medical board.

They provide clues about Prince's use of painkillers in the months leading up to his death, and the possible direction of the ongoing investigation.

An online search reveals a multitude of sources that say that capsule is a mixture of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, a prescription classified as a narcotic. The prescribing doctor was listed as Schulenberg.

"They would be indicting every pharmacist in Beverly Hills if this were strictly enforced", Garofalo said Monday. The investigation showed that he died from an accidental overdose, and no-one has been charged over this death.

A search of Prince's home yielded numerous pills in various containers. First responders revived him with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The Kornfelds' attorney, William Mauzy, has said Andrew had meant to give the medication to a doctor.

Hill revealed that she would communicate with Prince by phone and email, using a Gmail address with the name "Peter Bravestrong", a pseudonym he often used to hide his identity while travelling, People.com reported.

Amy Forliti and Doug Glass contributed from Minneapolis.


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