Press reports last week widely cited William Mauzy, the lawyer for the self-professed “nationally recognized leader” in addiction treatment Howard Kornfeld, in stories about the death of Prince last month. The lawyer’s moves were clearly intended to help his client, Kornfeld, in the midst of a law enforcement investigation into the death of the singer. Since treatment for substance use disorders is supposed to be confidential, we asked Marvin Ventrell, executive director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), who is a lawyer, about the situation.

“I see no value in a physician disclosing this information,” Ventrell told ADAW. “It is at best unprofessional. I know if someone such as Prince had been planning to be treated at one of NAATP’s premier provider members, they would not have disclosed this. As for the lawyer disclosing his health care client’s information, I find it equally unprofessional at best.” Mauzy is a criminal lawyer based in Minnesota; Kornfeld is from California.