No One Will Face Criminal Charges In Prince's Overdose Death

Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2013

Carver County attorney Mark Metz said in a press conference on Thursday that Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, and that charges won't be filed in the investigation into the musician's death.

'Prince took counterfeit vicodin containing fentanyl on or around 21 April, ' said Metz; 'the subject counterfeit pills are exact replicas'.

The lack of criminal charges does not mean that associates did not enable the singer's habits, Mr Metz said, but there is no evidence any of them knew about the fentanyl.

He also said that there is no evidence showing how he obtained the pills.

Metz acknowledged that someone gave Prince the counterfeit pills, saying: "There is no doubt that the actions of individuals around Prince will be criticized, questions and judged in the days and weeks to come".

"Doctors are trusted medical professionals and, in the midst of our opioid crisis, they must be part of the solution", he said in a statement Thursday.

"Prince's death is a tragic example that opioid addiction and overdose deaths do not discriminate, no matter the demographic", Metz said.

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Authorities alleged Schulenberg, a family physician who saw Prince twice before he died, illegally prescribed an opioid to Prince in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

According to a federal search warrant application unsealed early Thursday, a medical examiner found 67 micrograms of fentanyl per liter of blood in Princes system - more than 22 times what would be found in a cancer patient who regularly wore a pharmaceutical fentanyl patch.

On the return trip to the Twin Cities from the Atlanta show, Princes private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Ill., after Prince passed out. Metz said, importantly, that law enforcement was not able to determine how the counterfeit Vicodin was obtained, which was key to the decision to bring forth no charges.

Prince did not have any prescriptions for fentanyl. Shortly after his death, it was confirmed that he died from an opioid overdose.

The document says Johnson called the doctor on April 14 and asked him to prescribe a pain medication for Prince. The musician had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Schulenberg for the next two years will have to keep clear records on to whom he's prescribing drugs, as well as allow U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials to inspect his office and logs. But the documents don't reveal the big missing piece in the criminal investigation: Where did Prince get the fentanyl that killed him?

She said Schulenberg chose to settle to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation, and that "he made no admission of facts nor liability and denies any such liability".

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