Metz also announced that there will be no criminal files charged in Prince's death because, he said, "There is no evidence showing how he obtained those counterfeit pills, and no evidence that those around him knew".
Mr Metz's announcement came just hours after documents revealed that a doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince agreed to pay 30,000 USA dollars to settle a civil violation of a federal drug law. A laboratory report obtained by The Associated Press says one of the pills that investigators found in a prescription bottle with Johnson's name contained oxycodone.
"We do not have evidence that a specific person provided fentanyl to Prince", he said. "Nothing in the evidence suggests Prince knowingly took fentanyl". The concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter, which outside experts called "exceedingly high".
"Prince had no known Vicodin or fentanyl prescription", said Metz.
Read the documents the U.S. Department of Justice released Thursday in full below.
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"After he learned of Princes addiction, he immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist", Conners said Thursday.
A doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing a pain medication to Prince shortly before he died agreed Thursday to pay a fine as part of a civil settlement.
As part of the settlement agreement, Schulenberg must now maintain logs of all controlled substances he prescribes for a period of two years, he must give the DEA access to those logs, he's required to submit copies of those logs on a quarterly basis, and he must give the DEA access to his prescribing history using the state's prescription monitoring program. Dr. Schulenberg admitted in a statement to a detective that he had given Prince a prescription for oxycodone the same day as an emergency plane landing in Moline, Illinois, but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson's name for Prince's privacy. An autopsy revealed so much fentanyl in Princes system that it would have been fatal for anyone, regardless of their size or drug tolerance.
But he said there was "no evidence that the pills that killed Prince were prescribed by a doctor". "Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince".
Prince did not have any prescriptions for fentanyl. Andrew Kornfeld was carrying buprenorphine, a medication that can be used to help treat opioid addiction.