Addiction doctor made 911 call for Prince

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Prince's team requested emergency support from a leading addiction specialist just a day before the singer died, the doctor's lawyer has revealed.

"The specialist, Dr Howard Kornfeld, was unable to make it from California to Minnesota immediately but sent his son. In a strange turn of events, it was his son, Andrew Kornfeld, who called police after joining Prince's staff to search for the missing singer. The Kornfelds' lawyer said neither had met Prince before his death. William Mauzy told reporters on Wednesday that Prince's team contacted Dr Howard Kornfeld on 20 April, the day before Prince died. Unable to make it to Minnesota, the doctor dispatched his son and called a local doctor, who cleared his morning schedule to stabilise the singer."

"But when Andrew Kornfeld arrived at Prince's Paisley Park home, he was told that the singer was missing. He joined members of staff to search the property and made the emergency call when Prince's unresponsive body was found. Mr Mauzy said the plan was to stabilise him in Minnesota, before flying him to California to seek treatment at Dr Kornfeld's Recovery Without Walls rehab centre in Mill Valley. The lawyer confirmed that Andrew Kornfeld had been interviewed by police, but was protected by Minnesota's Good Samaritan law. The law offers some legal protections to those who make emergency calls, to encourage them to do so."


Prince death: Addiction doctor called by team made 911 call - BBC News
 

the watchman

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just getting wind of this. Thanks.

I thought a patients medical records were private. Where's this information coming from and how did they get it?
 
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just getting wind of this. Thanks.

I thought a patients medical records were private. Where's this information coming from and how did they get it?
It is under criminal investigation now. BEST I can tell, this doc went above and beyond even if his son was carrying a 'controlled' substance cause the doc/dad couldn't get to Prince. Don't know how this 'drug' is different from NARCAN which states are trying to get in sold in drugstores. We'll see how this plays out. SAD.
 

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It is under criminal investigation now. BEST I can tell, this doc went above and beyond even if his son was carrying a 'controlled' substance cause the doc/dad couldn't get to Prince. Don't know how this 'drug' is different from NARCAN which states are trying to get in sold in drugstores. We'll see how this plays out. SAD.
I'll have to check. But, from what I recall , when medical records are obtained for a criminal investigation they are suppose to remain private. There are penalties for disclosing that information. Unless, I'm mistaken. Which is certainly possible. Not questioning the doctor here. I'm questioning the lawyer and his motives.
 

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he is not discussing anything in "medical records"

what i have heard him say was that he was to meet with prince that day to try and get him into a drug rehab.
anything that has to do with medical care is part of the "medical records". California has very strict privacy law when it comes to medical care. Especially, when it's for something like substance abuse. There's something else going on here. Most likely someone seeking their 15 mins of fame.
 
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anything that has to do with medical care is part of the "medical records". California has very strict privacy law when it comes to medical care. Especially, when it's for something like substance abuse. There's something else going on here. Most likely someone seeking their 15 mins of fame.


He is discussing the fact he was called to try to deal with a dog addict. Said drug addict OD'd prior to him even getting there.

Where is the confidentiality requirement? Prince wasn't his patient, and he has disclosed nothing about Prince's medical condition.

Another celeb drug addict died from drugs. If you think details of this won't come out you still believe in the tooth fairy.
 
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