Doctor prescribed Prince meds in friend's name

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April 18, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP):

A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed the opioid painkiller oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to court documents unsealed on Monday.

The affidavits and search warrants were unsealed in Carver County District Court as the yearlong investigation into Prince's death continues.

The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cell phone records of Prince's associates, and Prince's email accounts to try to determine how he got fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

The documents shed light on Prince's struggle with addiction to prescription opioids in the days before he died.

Patients who take prescription opioids eventually build up a tolerance and need to take stronger doses to get the same effect. In some patients, the cycle leads to dependence and addiction.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park home on April 21.