Prince: Details Of Opioid Addiction Revealed In Unsealed Records

A year on, few answers from probe into Prince's death

None of the pills found at entertainer Prince's Paisley Park estate had been prescribed to him, court records say

Some were hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles while others were in the name of a close aide. Affidavits and search warrants were unsealed in Carver County District Court Monday, April 17, 2017, as the yearlong investigation into Prince's death continues.

Fentanyl is the strongest painkiller on the market, estimated to be at least 50 times more potent than morphine and at least 30 times more potent than heroin.

This drug helps to diminish pain from rheumatoid arthritis and coughs, and it wasn't the only one drug found at the singer's place.

The date those pills were prescribed to Johnson, according to the pill bottles, was April 7.

According to investigators, Prince was able to get an opiate prescription in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21.

One visit to the sprawling Minnesota recording complex that Prince called home may not be enough. The level of fentanyl found in his system during his autopsy would be fatal for anyone, according to someone familiar with the investigation. They noted in court records that those who were present at the home that morning "provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements". Schulenberg prescribed the drug to Prince six days before his death, on the same day his plane made an emergency landing in IL.

According to a search warrant application submitted in September of past year, the Minnesota physician admitted to a Carver County Sheriff's detective "that he had prescribed Prince a prescription for oxycodone the same day as the emergency plane landing but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy".

Prince did not own a cell phone and was suspicious of email, so it's proving very hard to establish a trail between him and whoever supplied the drugs. Hospital staff were told by Johnson that Prince "may have taken Percocet", an opioid containing oxycodone, on the plane. But none of these pills were prescribed to Prince.

The documents provide details on Prince's struggle with addiction to prescription opioids.

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.

Investigators are trying to figure out to what extant Johnson helped Prince hide his addiction. But Johnson insisted that it "was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince".

"During the search warrant of Prince's home, detectives located numerous narcotic controlled substance pills in various containers and areas of Prince's bedroom, some of which were in a suitcase with the nametag of "Peter Bravestrong", read one document, explaining officers believe the name was used as an alias for Prince. "There will be no further comment".

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

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