March 12th, 2010
06:55 PM ET

Drug probe into Corey Haim's 'unauthorized prescriptions'

Corey Haim's death is linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring," California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.

Brown's office is investigating "an unauthorized prescription under the former child star's name that was found during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription-drug pads ordered from a vendor in San Diego."

Read the full CNN.com story

The announcement comes even before the coroner has ruled on what killed Haim, the 1980s teen movie actor who struggled for decades with drug addiction.

Haim, 38, died early Wednesday after collapsing in the Los Angeles apartment he shared with his mother, authorities said.

Although Haim's heart was enlarged and he had fluid in his lungs, the coroner's chief investigator says a drug overdose has not been ruled out as the cause of the actor's death.

Haim got two powerful drugs from a pharmacy just 11 days before his death, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction.

His primary care doctor did not know about the prescriptions and called the pharmacy two days later to find out what Haim had been given, the source said.

His manager and a close friend both told CNN that Haim began seeing an addiction specialist just two weeks before his death.

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  1. Jason

    How much do you want to bet the AG finds other star's names involved in this scandal...including ones that have already passed on, like Brittany Murphy.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jonathan

    Time to start hunting down these illegal prescription pushers and start taking them out, especially over the Internet. I wonder how many other people have died because of them and their illegal drugs.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaveAdsum

    Prescription drugs including opiates such as Oxycodone and Hydromorphone as well as anti-anxiety drugs such as Vallium and muscle relaxers like Soma are readily available on the Internet via a prescription from foreign "doctors" that have never set eyes upon the "patient," let alone performed an examination. The supremely idiotic war on drugs was long ago lost. If we really wished to do something about the problem of addiction we should remove all legal barriers to their sale and use, tax the sales as we now do alcohol and tobacco and dedicate a portion of the resulting revenue to the treatment of those who become addicted...before they kill themselves.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ox E. Contin

    All that potential and dies @ 38 "sharing" an apartment w/ his mother ("adult living @ parent's home" for the rest of us...).....another victim of that bird of prey known as the American Whitejacketed Pillpusher (sourceus narcoticus) . No less dangerous than a mexican druglord so far as us folks are concerned.....even more dangerous really.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry Russell

    talk about stepping over dollar bills to pick up nickels!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bereyl Murphy

    As an pain patient for almost 20 years I have been made aware of the frequency of drug use. Most people use each others drugs through desperation due to the pain doctors refusal to treat patients with extreme pain due to "addiction" worries.
    You cant become addicted to pain medication if it is helping you become pain free. This all ties into the so-called drug problem.

    March 13, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nancy Denofio

    I do agree with CaveAdsum and the sale of drugs over the internet should be outlawed. We, as a society, linking up to the internet can locate and get anything we want. Why is it the Government has concentated on the sale of cigarettes and not the sale of drugs? The combination of drugs will kill almost immediately, a cigarette, although bad, doesn't kill. When you think of teens on line, having things mailed to them, either at home or elsewhere, it should be a large concern for new laws and government action. Recently I spoke with one of my doctors, who asked me where my scripts were called in? I mentioned a drug store, but told her it was the one at the other end of town. She was rather upset that I did not use the same drug store, at the identical location, although it was the same named store. I then asked her why... she said there offices were starting a program where controlled substances will finally be called in, but only to one location, even if it is one of many with the same name... Controlled Substances in the state where I live must be mailed to the patient, and not called in, which has meant a call every month to the doctors office, with this new rule, not only will the doctors benifit from less calls but it will be regulated. The government should regulate action like this one, where the doctor is in control of their patients.

    March 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. quazz

    i lsten to you talk about taking un perscribed medication and would like for you to remember that what you are doing is illegal and not morally correct and i say to you seek help you are making it hard for people like my self who need these things to survive and to keep living in this world alitle comfortable you see i was born with a disease that calss for me to use these drugs to have a little bit of pain free life and my condition does not allow me to go out in the world to own abusiness that will generate 150,000 for me to live off and i dont even go to the emergency room because they call patients who go to emergency rooms in the usa drug seekers if you have to many episodes . to make this short please dont brag about taking something you dont need while making it harder for people who life really depends on the need for this medication . sometimes we as spoiled americans cant see things clearly.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kasey

    if you honestly think Mexico is the source of a serious drug problem I suggest you focus your attention to Florida. Roughly 80% of the prescription narcotics in this country come out of Florida. It is one of very few states that do not track prescriptions, they also do not prevent doctors from selling drugs in clinics which means that the drs have monetary incentives to push pills. "Board certified doctors", they do not even deserve that title, are pill pushers in the great state of Florida, in our very own United States of America. There are countless cash-only clinics that distribute hundreds of pills at a time. The next time you want to blame Mexico for narcotics take a second and look in your own back yard.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. commonsense

    how is taking RX's on a recreational level be a life saver???Seriously??

    Pain meds are for **pain management**, not meant for recreational use. This is one of the main reasons pain medications get such a bad rap.

    The bottles and pharmacy inserts state these meds are used to help control pain....I have never once seen a pill bottle say....hey! these pills are meant and used for recreational use only.

    March 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LMT42

    CaveAdsum: The people who benefit from the illegal business own our justice system and State Dept. via lawmakers. Drugs will never be legalized in this country, nor will unauthorized use of them be heavily penalized in order to discourage their consumption with anything other than wrist slaps. Maybe not so much with illegal prescription drugs, but with street narcotics anyway. At any rate, we will never see any improvement with this issue until the water rises or society implodes from within!.. I just thought of something- maybe Dr.s and Pharmacists should get togather and lobby for lower penalties for crimes like this. After all, they just want to help, right? Why should a guy who went to med school have to suffer for just wanting more money? That's what being a lawyer, banker, or politician is good for... parity for their white collar medical colleagues, please.

    March 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Doug

    another actor lost to drugs. how many more will it take before something gets done. ant this is just about the famous ones. how many others that we don't hear about.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Esme

    Wow Eric – I sure hope you are a hoax - otherwise, you sure do have a serious abuse problem.

    Many an alcoholic earns 150+ K, has kids and family. That does not make them any less a substance abuser.

    And if you are for real, your state of denial, the extremely unhealthy statement here about you "having a great life because of the drugs making you feel great," is so dangerous it is brutal to read. I speak from experience: I grew up with parents in the exact denial you are experiencing. You don't have control of anything! You are not even at a point of your life where you can admit to yourself that you have a serious problem! I hope you get help. I hope for your three kids that you do not kill yourself or harm them first, along the way.

    March 14, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. BB

    Eric, if you think you can keep that up the rest of your life you are living in a fantasy world, the same one many addicts live in. Illegitimate Rx drugs are a huge problem and should not be downplayed.

    March 14, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. WC

    I deal with the addict everyday in my profession, its interesting how many people jump to judgement one's who have never experienced some high of a prescription medication, then on the otherside is the ones whoe "feel" they can't live without it...some may be right some may be wrong there is no exact way to tell...if one feels they are better because of the medication and feels they can't live a normal life w/o it then maybe they are becoming an addict...those who have pain and it stops the pain, and won't take a pill until it gets real bad may not be addicts there is a fine line that is crossed and the conviencing thoughts that we all put in our minds to tell ourselves we need things can get crazy..i blame the doctors for lack of proper follow up with prescribed medications.....i call them prescibed addicts...one thing that you will find from this segment of society it usually stemmed from a injury and then led to addiction...

    March 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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