Multiple sources close to the death investigation of Prince told investigators that the musician entered an out-patient treatment program.
Sources said Prince was seeing a doctor to help him deal with his chronic hip pain and that part of the out-patient treatment included efforts, by Prince, to move away from using medication prescribed to treat his severe pain. They did not say Prince’s treatment program automatically means he was addicted to controlled substances.
Sources said many people seek out-patient therapy to make sure they do not become addicted to prescribed painkillers and other types of medication and others will seek help when they think they might have symptoms indicating they are starting to become dependent on the drugs and are seeking counseling to help them slowly move away from the medications.
Law enforcement sources said only the Medical Examiner would be able to determine if Prince’s autopsy showed any signs of a person who had been habitually abusing any form of prescribed medications.
Meanwhile, local media has also been told Bremer Bank, recently appointed trustee of Prince’s estate, hired a St. Paul company to drill through Prince’s personal vault at Paisley Park Tuesday. Sources said the bank had to move quickly to get inside the vault because, as court-appointed trustee, Bremer is legally responsible for safeguarding and handling all of Prince’s assets.
The vault is known to store Prince’s invaluable recordings, of which, dozens have not been released. Prince was the only person who knew the combination, which is the reason Bremer Bank had to hire someone to drill through the lock to retrieve and take inventory of its contents.
These new prescription pills had been recovered in the Prince death investigation and ABC News learned, specifically, the drugs were found in Prince’s possession at Paisley Park.
Sources told local media that the summary of Prince’s autopsy are expected “any day” and the search warrant, and its inventory list, are expected to be made public Friday unless a judge orders the warrant sealed.
[ report by Jay Kolls, KSTP ]