Prince kept opioids in aspirin bottles to hide his addiction
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 23:29
Some of the pills found were found in prescription bottles under the name of Kirk Johnson, a friend and associate of Prince's.
The Purple Rain singer died past year at the age of 57 after what was deemed to be an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, however no prescription made out to Prince for the drug has been found. The singer passed away on April 21 2016, and his death was caused due to an accidental overdose, medical examiners concluded a year ago.
Authorities have said neither foul play nor suicide is suspected.
The investigation into Prince's death remains on-going. The warrants were unsealed Monday, almost a year after his death. It's unclear whether other search warrants related to the investigation exist and remain under seal. They've also said there was an attempt to get Prince into rehab before he died.
"Andrew said he heard a scream and ran down the hall and observed Prince lying on his left side in the elevator", states one of the newly unsealed court records, which said that Prince lived at Paisley Park alone and without a security guard. He may have been dead for as long as six hours. Many were instead prescribed under the name Kirk Johnson, who was Prince's former bandmate and friend. He said his father was unaware that he had brought the medications.
Also found at Paisley Park were 10 white round pills in a CVS bottle with an imprint of A-349.
According to a search warrant, Schulenberg told investigators he saw Prince on April 7 and April 20, and prescribed medications for Prince to be picked up at a Walgreens pharmacy.
Johnson is a close confidante and aide who started working for Prince in the '80s. That name was on a luggage tag during his trip to Atlanta to perform in concert the week before his death. Just six days before he died, Prince fell ill on a plane and made an emergency stop in IL as he was returning home from a concert in Atlanta.
Patients who take prescription opioids eventually build up a tolerance and need to take stronger doses to get the same effect. Prince was documented as suffering from an opiate overdose, but the musician refused treatment at the hospital. While we know Prince was taking many medications such as Percocet and Dilaudid, those weren't the pills that ultimately lead to his death.
Elsewhere, authorities have searched Prince's email accounts in effort to determine where he managed to acquire the drugs that killed him. He communicated through emails and landlines. He later told police that was the first time he had done anything like that for Prince.
Laws against prescribing with a false name are not usually enforced when a doctor intends to protect a celebrity's privacy, said Los Angeles attorney Ellyn Garofalo.
Investigators haven't interviewed either Johnson or Schulenberg since the hours after Prince died, an official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
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.
A picture is emerging of Prince's suggested addiction to prescription opioids.