Percocet found on Prince, DEA steps into investigation

Photo credit: Prince's Instagram (@prince)
Photo credit: Prince’s Instagram (@prince)

The untimely death of music megastar Prince, 57, shocked the world last week. Theories over his death are far ranging and include that the pop star may have been the victim of an accidental overdose of prescription pain medication. According to multiple sources, Prince had been in pain for many years because of a degenerative hip condition and his refusal on religious grounds to undergo hip replacement surgery. Some are now coming forward stating that he had been in pain for years.and had been prescribed pain killers.

Adding credence to these statements was the emergency landing of his private jet after the singer fell ill when he completed a concert in Atlanta. He was allegedly treated with a “save shot” given to people who have overdosed on opioid based drugs. The singer refused to stay at the hospital and was discharged a few hours later and returned to his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was found dead last week. .

Law enforcement officials have now stated that the prescription opioid painkiller Percocet was found on his body and also inside his home. Because of these new developments, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was asked to assist in the investigation.

Multiple major media outlets ran articles recently about a man who claimed he was Prince’s drug supplier. The man used the alias “Doctor D” and stated that he supplied Prince with painkillers between 1984 and 2008. The man claims Prince spent $40,000 on Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches for a six month’s supply on a regular basis. Law enforcement investigators have reportedly asked the media outlet for the real name and other information of “Doctor D.” Police are  now focusing on who supplied Prince with drugs. The assignment of a federal agency to the investigation shows that the hunt for Prince’s alleged drug dealer is a top priority.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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