Investigators finding out who provided fentanyl to Prince and why

Investigation is on as to how entertainer Prince died of a self-administered accidental overdose of fentanyl. Federal officials have been helping authorities concerned in Minnesota to find out how Prince obtained the synthetic opioid that doctors prescribe for patients dealing with chronic pain from later-stage cancer and used as anesthetic during heart surgery.

As per the officials, there is no genuine reason for Prince to have this drug. The Midwest Medical Examiners Office in Minnesota said that it has to be known that whether Prince obtained the fentanyl from an illegal source or from doctor.

People close to Prince have said that the performer was constantly in pain from past many years. The reason of death does not explain as to how fentanyl was taken or there was something else as well associated.

If other substances are being found in a deceased person’s system can make the case bit complicated. On April 21, Prince was found unconscious at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn and later he was declared dead.

Andrew Kornfeld, the son of Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California physician, was present at that time. The Kornfelds’ attorney, William Mauzy, said that Andrew has visited Prince to encourage him to take admission into his father’s Mill Valley rehabilitation program.

Andrew was also carrying buprenorphine, which was meant for the late pop star. As per Andrew, buprenorphine is one of the ways to treat opioid addiction. As per Professor Richard Blondell, from State University of New York, the interaction of buprenorphine and fentanyl is considered to be quite dangerous.

Prince has also seen a Minneapolis-area doctor, Michael Todd Schulenberg, a day before he died. The doctor had also said of seeing on April 7 and mentioned of prescribing the late pop star medication.

According to a report in LA Times by Del Quentin Wilber, “Those convicted of trafficking in drugs that result in someone’s death or injury can face a stiff federal penalty, including jail time. But the presence of other substances in a deceased person’s system can complicate a legal case. Prince was found unresponsive in the early hours of April 21 at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was later declared dead.”

The Kornfelds’ attorney, William Mauzy, told reporters following Prince’s April 21 death that Andrew had flown to Minneapolis in hopes of encouraging Prince to check himself into his father’s Mill Valley rehabilitation program and that the buprenorphine he was carrying was intended to be turned over to a Minneapolis physician to be administered to the late pop star. According to Mauzy, the medication was not administered and was later taken into possession by sheriff’s investigators.

A report published in the Fox News said, “In the days following Prince’s death, those closest to him stuck up for the singer amid reports he died of a drug overdose. However, on Thursday, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office reported Prince died of an accidental overdose after he self-administered fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.” “The Prince I’ve known and the Prince the folks that I’ve known in association with him over the years…drug overdose would not be something that we would even think of in a sentence with his name.”

In the weeks before Prince’s death, the musician met twice with Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, a 46-year-old family care physician who worked at a Minnetonka clinic a few miles from Prince’s Paisley Park studio and home, according to search warrant documents. The warrant documents say Schulenberg prescribed Prince medications, but what they were and whether Prince took them is unknown. Howard Kornfeld, an addiction treatment doctor has also stated he was in touch with Prince’s representative the day before Prince died.

“Believe me, nothing can prepare a person to walk into such chaos and sadness. As I told the 911 dispatcher on April 21, those on the scene were distraught, which was why I was the one to place the call,” Andrew wrote. “But what happened has made me think, long and hard, about what steps we must take to prevent such entirely unnecessary loss of life,” according to a news report published by Inquisitr.

“Right now, we need medical interventions for opioid dependence and addiction more than ever, because in the U.S. we’re losing 28,000 people every year — a number that would average out to 77 people daily — to opioid overdoses. In addition, evidence suggests that we must call into question the success of abstinence-only methods.”

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