Doc prescribed Prince opioids under friend's name
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 8:32
The long-awaited search warrants in Prince's death have been unsealed, revealing a lengthy list of prescription medications found throughout the singer's estate, some in the name of one of his oldest confidants - and several containing controlled substances.
The newly released documents - which included multiple affidavits and search warrants - also revealed that prescription medications, particularly other opioids, were found in containers such as vitamin bottles in locations around Prince's home. The Associated Press reports the doctor, Michael Todd Schulenberg, saw Prince before his death April 21, 2016.
The documents showed that some of the prescriptions were made out in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince's bodyguard, to safeguard "Prince's privacy".
Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park estate on April, 21, 2016.
A suitcase was discovered next to Prince's bed on the day he died and among the items inside, there were prescription pill bottles in Johnson's name - none of which were the medication prescribed by Schulenberg.
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. On Friday (April 21), it will be the one-year anniversary of Prince's untimely death.
"Dr. Schulenberg has been and remains committed to providing full transparency regarding his practice as it relates to the Prince investigation", attorney Amy Conners said in a statement.
The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, mobile phone records of Prince's associates, and Prince's email accounts to try to determine how he got the fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin. One affidavit states that the doctor met with Prince and prescribed him three sedatives: clonidine, hydroxyzine pamoate and diazepam. Peter was a common alias Prince used while traveling. Those warrants, unsealed on Monday, revealed that he was never prescribed fentanyl but it is unclear how he obtained the painkilling drug. The suitcase also contained lyrics for the song "U Got the Look" that appeared to be in Prince's handwriting.
Investigators found several pills labeled Watson 853, according to search warrants. Investigators noted, however, that given the close relationship between Prince and Johnson, it's hard to believe that Johnson didn't know about his friend's addictions. The goal was for the younger Kornfeld to help evaluate Prince's health and encourage him to enter treatment for pain management and potential addiction issues, attorney William Mauzy told reporters.
A pamphlet on getting getting over drug abuse was also found at the house.
The medical examiner's office concluded the singer's death was the result of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.