Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Nearly a year after Prince died from an accidental drug overdose in his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate investigators

Investigators found no prescriptions in Prince's name, however, Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg told detectives he had written a prescription for oxycodone, which is also an opioid, under the name of long-time Prince associate and drummer Kirk Johnson. Many were instead prescribed under the name Kirk Johnson, who was Prince's former bandmate and friend.

An autopsy report found fentanyl in Prince's bloodstream, and the drug was deemed the reason for his death. His death shocked fans and led to tributes worldwide. And how long was he taking opioid pain medication?

It is thought that Prince had been dead for at least six hours before his body was found, after "responding paramedic told staff members, law enforcement officers and others at the scene", according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It's a synthetic opiate that is about 50 times stronger than heroin.

A recent update about the death of Prince revealed that numbers of pills were found scattered in his home.

Dr. Schulenberg has reportedly admitted to prescribing the singer Oxycodone shortly before he reportedly overdosed on his private jet, which came nearly one week prior to his death. Authorities asked that the search warrants be sealed "until April 17, 2017 or when a criminal case may be instituted, whichever occurs first".

The unsealed search warrants state that painkillers were found at several locations throughout the estate, with many concealed in vitamin pill bottles and envelopes. Peter was a common alias Prince used while traveling.

A message left with Schulenberg's attorney wasn't immediately returned. 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.

Kornfeld, who is not a doctor, had two forms of the opioid Suboxone, a highly-regulated withdrawal medication that only specially trained physicians can prescribe.

The investigation into the singer's death is ongoing.

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. However, the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed Prince on April 21 past year.

The doctor's attorney adds that he never directly prescribed opioids to Prince.

The specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, couldn't get there immediately so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, on an overnight flight to Minnesota.

"Prince was a global star, but we felt his loss personally here at home", said Lt. Governor Tina Smith.

Prince's associates first said he was suffering from the flu. FILE - In this April 21, 2016, file photo, a rainbow appears over Prince's Paisley Park estate near a memorial for the rock superstar in Chanhassen, Minn.

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