Prince‘s former drug dealer, asking to be referred to as “Doctor D,” revealed that the icon would spend upwards of $40,000 on a six-month supply of pain pills.
Doctor D spoke exclusively to Daily Mail Online regarding Prince and his tendency to purchase Dilaudid—a heroin-based opiate—and Fentanyl patches, which is 100 times more potent than morphine, in an effort to reduce his stage fright. The drugs, which are highly-addictive pain killers, were a result of a phobia of going to a doctor, who could have provided Prince with other coping methods or a legal prescription.
Prince tragically passed away this past Thursday, days after rumors surfaced of him overdosing on Percocet. On April 15, his plane made an emergency landing for him to be rushed to a hospital and get a “save shot,” an injection for people with drug overdoses.
Apparently, Prince was addicted to these opiates for almost 25 years, purchasing through Doctor D from 1984 to 2008. The dealer described Prince as ‘majorly addicted’ toDaily Mail and claimed that the star couldn’t get up on stage without one of the drugs.
Want to hear something else concerning? Doctor D suggested that a doctor could have contributed to Prince’s passing—unknowingly, of course. A physician could have prescribed Prince painkillers for his hip condition, and since the world was ignorant of his other pain pill intake, the two could have been a fatal mix.
Prince was very vocal about his fear of doctors, and Doctor D said he was shocked to learn that he was seeing one for prescriptions before his death. (Prince was seen several times outside a Walgreens days before he died, although no one knows what he was picking up.)
The dealer originally met Prince filming Purple Rain and found that he was already deep into his addiction.
“He was already majorly addicted to opiates,” he said. “I didn’t hook him on drugs. He was already a heavy user.”
He then went further to say that in the beginning ‘he would buy speed as well as Dilaudid’ but as far as he knew, he never took heroin.
[Heroin] would leave you out of it for days, whereas Dilaudid gives you an energy buzz as well as making you feel relaxed—so he preferred it.”
As Doctor D continued to chat with Daily Mail, he said Prince had the worst case of stage fright he’d ever seen and that he would even get nervous when in a room of even only five people.
“A lot of performers rely on drugs to make them feel confident on stage, but he was by far the worst.”
Since the singer was never seen taking the drugs (because he wasn’t shooting or snorting anything), he was able to keep it a secret, probably quietly taking a pill when no one was looking.
Although an autopsy was completed on Friday, there is still no confirmed cause of death. However, there were no signs of trauma, so any form of suicide is out of the question. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who is not working on Prince’s case, told The Today Show that he would “give overwhelming odds that, tragically, this is a drug death.”
Many are deducing the same thing, as his autopsy is similar to others’ who have suffered drug deaths.
When you rule out foul play, when there is no history of any kind of significant disease,when you rule out any kind of intervention, anything of an environmental nature, you come down to an autopsy that is essentially negative and that probably means drugs,” the pathologist continued.
He confirmed Doctor D’s suggestion that any legally prescribed painkiller would have been the deciding factor in his death, since they were mixed with Prince’s own form of self-medication.
He self-medicated for years and was fine,” Wecht said. “So it wouldn’t have been the opiates that killed him, but the Tylenol.”
Prince wasn’t using these drugs to be the life of a party; he simply wanted to be at ease around his peers, his fans and his friends, and by doing so, he became the life of our party. And perhaps that gave him solace.