Prince's doctor fined for illegal prescription

Charging Decision in Prince's Death Coming Thursday

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that his office will not file charges against anyone in regards to Prince's death in April 2016.

March 26 - The AP publishes details from a confidential toxicology report that sheds light on just how much fentanyl Prince had in his system.

A prosecutor in Prince's home state of Minnesota said it remained unclear how the Purple One obtained counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, an intense opioid, that ultimately killed him.

Schulenberg has agreed to pay $30,000 to the federal government to settle alleged drug violations for the writing the prescription.

Kornfeld told detectives that he had drugs in his backpack to help Prince, but would not have administered them without a doctor present.

Metz detailed how Prince had suffered from severe pain for years, and visited physician Michael Todd Schulenberg on April 7, 2016 as he was experiencing numbness in his hands and legs, and had vomited the night before. "Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince". The search was carried out to determine how the singer-songwriter, who was reportedly struggling with addiction at the time, was able to obtain fentanyl.

In a strangely timed announcement ahead of Metz's news conference, the Prince estate released and archival recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" from 1984, along with footage of Prince rehearsing the track. "We had to do it because I knew he would not want to meet individually with editors".

As a result, no criminal charges will be laid, and the case is now officially closed.

"There is no doubt that the actions of individuals around Prince will be criticised, questioned and judged in the days and weeks to come".

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Metz added it was likely Prince had also taken one of the counterfeit Vicodin when he overdosed on a private jet the week before he died.

Law enforcement had been investigating Prince's death for the past two years.

Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability.

Oxycodone wasn't attributed to Prince's death, and authorities don't believe the doctor gave him the knock-off Vicodin. But it is part of a family of painkillers driving the nation's overdose and addiction epidemic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report says the concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter and the level in his liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram - both well above what the report indicated could be toxic.

A Minnesota prosecutor says Prince thought he was taking Vicodin when he accidentally overdosed on fentanyl. Schulenberg prescribed 15 Percocet pills, a narcotic used for pain management. Buyers often don't know who they're dealing with or what's in the drugs they purchase, she said.

Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller about 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin. Documents unsealed previous year paint a picture of a man struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids and withdrawal, and they also show there were efforts to get him help.

Neither Prince's name, nor that of his drummer and assistant Kirk Johnson, appears in the civil settlement agreement.

The geriatrician previously told authorities he prescribed oxycodone to Prince confidant Kirk Johnson so the musician could hide his painkiller problem. Schulenberg did so, Metz said.

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