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Prince search warrants lay bare struggle with opioids

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According to the documents, a doctor prescribed these pills, including oxycodone, for Prince using Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy.

The documents do not solve the mystery of where Prince got the powerful opioid fentanyl that killed him. 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.

No fentanyl, the painkiller determined to have killed Prince, was found in the complex.

The pills, said to be found at Prince's Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, were obtained under prescriptions made in the name of his friend and bodyguard. In October 2016 it was termed "an active homicide investigation" in the documents, but no one has been criminally charged. The authorities are reported to have searched the singer's home, mobile phone records of his associates as well as his email accounts in an attempt to ascertain where he acquired the fentanyl. A week before his death, the singer was taken ill on a flight from Atlanta after a concert and was revived by two doses of a drug that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose.

The documents revealed some of the pills found at the late singer's house were labelled "Watson 853" - the opioid painkiller acetaminophen-hydrocodone.

Investigators haven't interviewed either Johnson or Schulenberg since the hours after Prince died, an official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The day before Prince died, Paisley Park staffers contacted the California addiction specialist as they were trying to get Prince help.

Search warrants and affidavits from the Carver County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the continuing homicide investigation in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, were unsealed on Monday.

Dr. Howard Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, to Minnesota that night, and the younger Kornfeld was among those who found Prince's body.

The doctor told investigators he saw Prince on April 7 and April 20, and prescribed medications.

Investigators have said little about the case over the past year, other than it is active. The medication is used to treat pain, rheumatoid arthritis and cough.

Investigators have said little publicly about the case over the previous year, other than it is active.

Detectives also discovered Prince's suitcase - which was the one found with several narcotics inside (in prescription pill bottles under Johnson's name) - had the name tag of "Peter Bravestrong" - an alias name authorities believe Prince used when he traveled in an attempt to maintain his privacy.

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