MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 22 — Pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that were also mislabelled.
Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which first broke the story on Saturday, unnamed officials investigating the singer’s death said the pills were falsely labelled as “Watson 385,” a stamp that is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
In actual fact, they contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Other counterfeit pills found in Paisley Park contained a variety of drugs, according to the Associated Press, including fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770, a synthetic drug eight times more powerful than morphine.
Tests on Prince prior to his death did not show fentanyl in his system, AP added, citing an official involved with the investigation, indicating the singer was not a long-term user of the drug.
Meanwhile, officials told Star Tribune that Prince had many of these pills with him a week before his death when his airplane made an emergency stop in Illinois after he fell ill.
He reportedly received two doses of Narcan, an antidote used to reverse suspected opioid overdoses.
Prince was found dead at 57 in an elevator inside his Paisley Park home on April 21.
Autopsy results released in June revealed he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Officials have said Prince had no prescriptions for controlled substances at the time and are still investigating how he obtained the drugs.- MMO