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Prince's Death Prompts Minnesota Medical Board To Reform Opiate Prescription Practices

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Prince's death calls for opiate reform.

Prince's untimely death from an apparent drug overdose has prompted officials in Minnesota to address the opiate prescription problem in the state.

According to TMZ, members of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice met on Saturday and came to the conclusion that prescriptions for opiates are "out of control."

Related: Prince's Close Friends Speak Out About His Addiction

Board members called for stricter regulations and better supervision of doctors who give out painkiller prescriptions.

Although Prince was not mentioned by name, a member did acknowledge that his death had incited a closer look at the problem.

Some board members also concluded that doctors have been relying on opiate prescriptions instead of figuring out less dangerous ways to treat chronic pain conditions that won't result in death.

We'll keep you posted as more information on this reform becomes available.

[Image via WENN.]

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New Report Says Prince's Death May Be Investigated As An Overdose

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A week after Prince's unexpected death, authorities are one step closer to figuring out how the music legend died.

On Thursday, law enforcement told the Associated Press that they are investigating the possibility that the Purple Rain artist suffered an overdose.

Related: Judge Confirms Prince Didn't Have A Will

As we reported, sources close to the 57-year-old said the musician was prescribed Percocet in 2009 and slowly became addicted.

On April 15 after a performance in Atlanta, the Grammy winner reportedly overdosed on the drug while in flight, prompting the plane to make an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. Police are trying to figure out if a doctor was present for this ordeal.

Additionally, officials are investigating what type of drugs were on the plane, and what kind were at his Paisley Park house.

As we wrote on Thursday, police obtained a warrant to search his Minnesota mansion.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Prince's friends and family during this difficult time.

[Image via Getty Images.]

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Bravo Renews 11 Reality Shows… But Which Real Housewives Cities Did NOT Get Picked Up Just Yet?!

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Is seven cities too much for Andy to handle?!

Andy Cohen is a television God who has perfected the reality TV formula, and he has decided to bless his followers with season renewals.

Bravo renewed 11 of its reality TV shows and picked up six new series in the process on Wednesday, but we couldn't help but notice that two of our faves were missing!

Related: Kelly Ripa Wants Andy Cohen Or Anderson Cooper On Live!

With new episodes of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Real Housewives of Potomac, and Top Chef already confirmed… which fan favorites have yet to make the cut??

Here's a list of the 11 shows guaranteed to be coming back for the 2016-2017 season:

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EXCLUSIVE! Deni Carise, Ph.D Gives Us Insight Into Prince's Possible Drug Overdose & Explains In Detail How A 'Save Shot' Works

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It's always helpful to get a professional opinion.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with the Chief Clinical Officer of Recovery Centers of America, Deni Carise, Ph.D, we got much needed info on Prince's reported drug overdose from opiates on April 15. Deni also defined exactly what a "save shot" is and revealed how it actually works. Considering the singer allegedly received a "save shot", this is particularly valuable info.

Listen: Excerpts From Prince 911 Call

While we have yet to confirm if drugs played a role in the icon's tragic death on Thursday, Carise gave us thorough explanations as to how the 57-year-old could have succumbed to an overdose that wasn't properly treated.

Take a look at the expert's take on Prince (below):

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Former World Anti-Doping Agency President Says 'Reckless' Maria Sharapova Isn't Taking Enough Blame For Failed Drug Test!

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Harsh! But is it over the line?

Maria Sharapova was once the highest paid female athlete in the world, but after announcing she failed a drug test during the Australian Open on Monday, her tennis career could now be in jeopardy!

The 28-year-old Olympic silver medalist's suspension goes into effect on March 12 and she's already been dropped to varying degrees by Nike, Porsche, and TAG Heuer, but now the people behind the decision to make Meldonium an illegal performance enhancing drug in 2016 are speaking out against her.

Related: Russian Speed Skater Fails Test For Same Drug As Maria

Former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound spoke quite critically of Maria's scandal to the BBC on Tuesday, saying:

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