Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Singer Prince's family sues hospital that treated his first opioid overdose

Singer Prince's family sues hospital that treated his first opioid overdose

Heirs of Prince have sued an IL hospital and pharmacy chain Walgreens, saying they could have prevented the singer's 2016 death if they had properly diagnosed and treated his overdose days earlier, a court document showed on Monday.

The wrongful-death lawsuit filed on Friday in Cook County, Illinois, alleges that a doctor and pharmacist at Trinity Medical Centre failed to appropriately treat and investigate Prince's overdose, contributing to his death.

Walgreens is also named in the suit, for allegedly "dispensing narcotic prescription medications" without a proper objective, and for failing to conduct a thorough drug utilization review.

Both Walgreens and the hospital parent company declined comment.

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Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio compound in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016.

After his death, his longtime collaborator and protege Sheila E. told "Entertainment Tonight" that Prince had been suffering from hip and knee pain from decades of intense performing, much of it in his heels.

The source of the pills has never been discovered and the prosecutor said he could not bring any criminal charges in connection with the rock star's death.

A week before he died, Prince passed out on a flight home from an Atlanta concert and the private plane made an emergency stop in Moline.

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Two years after the untimely passing of the music superstar, Carver County attorney's office announces no evidence was found that could determine who provided Prince with the counterfeit Vicodin that was laced with fentanyl. Investigators later found dozens of counterfeit pills labeled Watson 853 in a bottle by Prince's nightstand, all of which contained fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl that the CDC says was responsible for 20,000 overdoses in 2017.

As the Times notes, one of the pills Prince told Mancha he took was inscribed with the imprint Watson 853. Before leaving, a pharmacist at the hospital allegedly confirmed that the pill Prince had in his possession was Vicodin.

"What happened to Prince is happening to families across America", the legal team for Prince's family in a statement to the Times.

"There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin laced with fentanyl or who else may had a role in delivering the counterfeit Vicodin to Prince", Mr Metz said. Authorities said Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg admitted that he prescribed oxycodone to Prince under Johnson's name to protect Prince's privacy.

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