Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

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

Affidavit: Doc prescribed Prince meds under friend's name

Police said Prince was known to eschew mobile phones, preferring email communication and landline phones. The Minneapolis Star Tribune last August quoted a source with knowledge of the investigation as saying that pills seized by investigators at Prince's home were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl.

No prescriptions were found for fentanyl, a powerful drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin. Several weeks after his death the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota ruled Prince's death an "accidental overdose of fentanyl". According to the Minnesota authorities, some pills discovered at Prince's estate had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard.

Associated Press reports via The Guardian that more details have emerged of the circumstances surrounding his death in the form of affidavits and search warrants unsealed in Carver County district court.

A four-day celebration of Prince will be held April 20-23 at Paisley Park during the anniversary of his death. That day, hundreds of painkiller pills were recovered from various locations inside the late singer huge home. Inside that suitcase- more pills and the handwritten lyrics for the song, "U Got the Look".

The documents say some of the drugs in Prince's bedroom were in a suitcase with the name "Peter Bravestrong" on it. Police believe Bravestrong was an alias that Prince used when he traveled.

Messages left with attorneys for Schulenberg and Johnson weren't immediately returned Monday. One document states that a sizeable number of narcotics were found at Paisley Park. So far, no one has been charged.

The records also indicate that the state's confidential prescription monitoring database, which helps pharmacists monitor for drug abuse, showed no prescriptions under Prince's name. The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted the California addiction specialist as they were trying to get Prince help.

Prince apparently had no prescriptions under his own name. They also found envelopes with pills inside.

Prince was 57 at the time of his death. There are no restrictions on Dr. Schulenberg's medical license, and contrary to headlines and media reports published in the wake of today's unsealing of search warrants relating to the investigation, Dr. Schulenberg never directly prescribed opioids to Prince, nor did he ever prescribe opioids to any other person with the intent that they would be given to Prince.

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.

According to the warrants, which date from April to September of past year, investigators were looking into how much Johnson had helped Prince hide his drug habit.

It has recently been revealed that Prince kept opioids in aspirin bottles around his home to hide his addiction.

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