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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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Prince's Close Friends Speak Out About The Late Icon's Painkiller Addiction & Untimely Death

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It's been weeks since news broke of Prince's untimely death, but only now are his close friends opening up about his painkiller addiction.

As you may recall, not long after the late icon's passing was confirmed, it was revealed that the Purple Rain singer struggled with an almost decade long addiction to Percocet. How sad!

Related: Prince's Long Lost Grandniece Eyes His Fortune!

It's been said that Prince's abuse of opioids may've been the result of his chronic hip pain that hindered his physical activity levels. One of the Raspberry Beret artist's old collaborators named Sky Dangcil theorized the Grammy winner "took the pills to keep the show going."

Oh no! Apparently, when Prince couldn't deal with his pain any longer he would reportedly travel to his estate in Turks and Caicos in order to "rest his hips." As you may know, Sky was both a DJ and a violinist for the Minnesota native between 2000 and 2007.

The musician added:

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Addiction Specialist & Son Remain Silent As The Investigation Into Prince's Death Rages On

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There's something shady about all of this…

The man who called 911 for Prince during his untimely passing is remaining tight-lipped about his involvement in this particular tragedy. Hmm, go on.

Related: Paul McCartney Plays A 'Hometown Tribute' To Prince

As we previously reported, Andrew Kornfeld flew to be with the Raspberry Beret singer in order to help him with his painkiller addiction. What's odd about this situation is that it is Andrew's dad, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who was asked by the late icon's rep to come help save Prince from himself.

Rather than just drop everything to be with the Grammy winner, the rehab specialist sent his son

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Percocet Was Reportedly Found In Prince's System When He Died

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R.I.P.

We're learning more about what might have happened to Prince.

On Wednesday, Star Tribune reported that a source close to the investigation of the icon's passing has revealed that the artist had Percocet in his system when he died.

While the toxicology and autopsy results aren't quite finished, the insider explained that the late legend has tested positive for the pain killer.

Related: Prince's 911 Caller Could Face Criminal Charges

However, the confidante stressed that authorities aren't sure if the pill's presence had anything to do with the songsmith's death.

Whether or not the drug contributed to the musician's untimely end, sources have admitted that the rocker had been hooked on the opioid for years, and was even supposed to meet with an addiction specialist the day after he died.

Reports have also said that the emergency landing the 57-year-old made the week before his death was so he could receive emergency treatment for an overdose.

Plus, we do know that the DEA and the US Attorney are both involved in the ongoing investigation.

But we won't know for sure how Prince died until his autopsy results come out.

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Prince's 911 Caller May Face Criminal Charges For The Part He Played In The Late Singer's Tragedy

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Well this could certainly complicate things.

On Thursday, it was reported that the man who dialed 911 in regards to Prince's death could be facing criminal charges for the part he played in the late Raspberry Beret singer's tragedy. What??

According to TMZ, Andrew Kornfeld had a synthetic opiate in his backpack at the time of the late icon's passing. It's said that Andrew's father runs a rehab center in Marin County, California. Whoa.

Related: Excerpts From New Prince 911 Call Released

The pills that were discovered in Kornfeld's bag are predominantly used to help addicts wean off drugs like Percocet. In case you forgot, it's been rumored that

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