Prince Prescribed Painkiller Drugs Under Fake Name, Search Warrant Out For Doctor

Music icon Prince passed away last year at his home in Minnesota, and investigators are still combing through things to figure out what happened. While it’s no secret at this point that the star succumbed to his battle with painkiller addiction, questions abound on who was supplying him - and why others didn’t get him some help. As KTSP shares, some recently unsealed warrants provide a few more pieces to the puzzle.

For starters, Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a family care physician with offices just a few miles from Prince’s Minnesota estate, noted 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."

While it’s fantastic that Schulenberg was mindful of the reclusive star’s privacy concerns, it’s downright disturbing that he would continue writing scripts for a patient that was clearly in need of help.

Carver County Sheriff's Office Detective Angela Nucci made note of the fact that she was
"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 medicine."

Kudos to the witnesses for coming clean to Nucci, but why weren’t they more proactive in getting him some help and/or staging an intervention?

Prince’s assistant told investigators that she "had arranged a meeting between Prince and medical professionals to assess and address Prince's medical concerns."

Good for the assistant, but this was a case of too little, too late. Add all of these factors together, and it’s not too hard to see that Prince’s addiction had gotten out of control. While the ultimate responsibility for that lies with him, there were also plenty of other signs that others could have picked up on. As for the prescribing doctor, he needs to be as far away from a prescription pad as possible for the remainder of his life on earth.

Source: KSTP
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