New revelations about drug use were revealed by unsealed search warrants into the death of Prince. The singer was apparently prescribed oxycodone under the name Kirk Johnson. Johnson was a close friend of Prince’s and the prescription was put under his name to protect Prince’s privacy.
The warrants were unsealed this week and are from last spring and summer. The warrants were carried out by police after Prince’s death back on April 21, 2016. Several weeks after his death the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota ruled Prince’s death an “accidental overdose of fentanyl.” Reportedly Prince self-administered the fentanyl, reports ABC News.
The newly shared documents reveal that Prince’s home known as Paisley Park, where Prince was found unresponsive, was thoroughly searched as were his phone records and emails. The search was made to determine how Prince obtained the fentanyl among other drugs that it was discovered he was using at the time.
The warrants do not reveal how Prince obtained the fentanyl, but it does name Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg as the doctor who prescribed the oxycodone. Schulenberg was listed on previous warrants and was present when Prince’s body was discovered. According to the documents, the doctor met with Prince twice in the weeks before his death, reports Nola.
The warrants also reveal that Prince was on many opioids. One document states that a sizeable number of narcotics were found at Paisley Park. The location the pills were found were areas of the house Prince would have spent a lot of time such as his bedroom and changing room. The types drugs that were confiscated from Paisley Park have not all been revealed at this time.
The warrants share that the pills discovered were not in prescription bottles, but instead stored in other containers such as vitamin bottles.
Authorities interviewed several people close to Prince, who stated that he had a long history of going through withdrawal.
Dr. Schulenberg’s attorney, Amy S. Connors states that the doctor had disclosed all information pertaining to his treatment of Prince to law enforcement and regulatory authorities in the process if cooperating with the investigation into the singer’s death.
The doctor’s attorney adds that he never directly prescribed opioids to Prince. He also states that he never prescribed them to any other individual with the intent that the pills would be given to Prince, reports NBC News. According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation into Prince’s death remains “open and active.”
by Tammy Marie Rose
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