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Prince's doctor fined for drug violations in singer's death

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

Minnesota doctor Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has been fined $30,000 for violating the Controlled Substances Act for knowingly prescribing painkillers for Prince’s drummer, which he knew were for Prince himself.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Schulenberg will pay the fine and be monitored under a two-year agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the settlement.

Neither Prince’s name, nor that of his drummer and assistant Kirk Johnson, appears in the civil settlement agreement. But following Prince’s April 21, 2016 death at Paisley Park, federal search warrants disclosed that Schulenberg admitted to writing prescriptions for Percocet in Johnson’s name, though he knew they were for Prince.

The source of the fentanyl dose that killed the singer is still unknown.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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