Doctor disputes prescribing opioids for Prince
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:13
Schulenberg is the same doctor who was at Paisley Park on April 21 (the day of Prince's death) when deputies arrived on scene and the same doctor who admitted to authorities, he prescribed Oxycodone for Prince on April 14, the day before he overdosed while returning from a show in Atlanta, forcing his plane into an emergency landing.
New court documents reveal how Prince was able to keep his use of unsafe opioid painkillers hidden, leading up to his accidental overdose and death a year ago.
The affidavit was one many unsealed Monday as investigators continue to piece together the story of the pop icon's last days. The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince's associates, and Prince's email accounts to try to determine how he got the fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.
A Minnesota defense attorney who's well-versed on drug cases says prosecutors are unlikely to pursue charges against a doctor who allegedly wrote a prescription for Prince in someone else's name.
Oxycodone, the generic name for the active ingredient in OxyContin, was not listed as a cause of Prince's death. The legendary musician hid painkillers and filled prescriptions in the name of a longtime aide, The New York Times reported. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Between April 21, 2016, when Prince was found unresponsive in his home, and September 19, investigators carried out 11 search warrants on Prince's estate.
A prescription monitoring warrant, issued as part of the investigation, reveals the singer was never prescribed any of the controlled substances that were found at Paisley Park.
Investigators were "made aware by witnesses that were interviewed, that Prince recently had a history of going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication", the documents say.
A year might seem like a long time without charges, but criminal justice experts say the fact that no one's been charged doesn't mean no one ever will.
Some information may be revealed on Monday when search warrants executed by local authorities, likely including one from the first search of Paisley Park, are due to be unsealed.
The documents said Prince did not have any prescriptions, including for fentanyl.
Furthermore, Us Weekly reports that several prescription pills were hidden throughout Prince's estate in a search warrant that was conducted on the day he died.
That some Prince confidants or doctors haven't been interviewed shouldn't necessarily raise red flags, Pissetzky said. Last August, an official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that at least one of those pills tested positive for fentanyl, meaning the pill was counterfeit and obtained illegally.
While authorities have the power to ask a grand jury to investigate and issue subpoenas for testimony, that step hasn't been taken, the official said.
The specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, couldn't get there immediately so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, on an overnight flight to Minnesota.
The suitcase had a tag on it bearing the name "Peter Bravestrong", which investigators determined is an alias for Prince. Andrew Kornfeld was the person who called 911, Mauzy said.
Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the previous year, other than it is active.