Prince Addiction Specialist Had Pills in Backpack

5/4/2016 10:24 AM PDT
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The addiction specialist who was at Prince's house the day he died brought a backpack containing a synthetic opiate ... and his criminal defense lawyer now insists he should not be prosecuted.

Prince's people called Dr. Howard Kornfeld the day before the singer died, saying they believed Prince was on the verge of dying from drugs. Prince was apparently on board to get help, but the doctor said it would be 2 days before he could get there.  

Dr. Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, who worked at their facility -- Recovery Without Walls. Andrew flew out early and was at Prince's home the day he died. 

Andrew's lawyer, William Mauzy, just said Andrew did not supply Prince with any drugs, although he did have synthetic opiates in his backpack. The drug is called buprenorphine, a synthetic opiate for pain management and to wean people off actual opiates. 

 It was Andrew who called 911 after the staff found Prince unconscious in the elevator.

Attorney Mauzy made an odd comment, suggesting prosecutors may be targeting Andrew for some sort of criminal charge. Mauzy said the 911 call would not subject his client to prosecution under the Good Samaritan law. It's unclear why the call is even relevant. What seems obviously more important is the drugs in the backpack.