April 6th, 2010
01:02 AM ET

AG Brown to detail Corey Haim 'doctor shopping' for drugs

California's top law enforcement official will reveal details of how he says former child actor Corey Haim got dangerous drugs in the days before his death.

Attorney General Jerry Brown called a news conference for Tuesday to discuss "Corey Haim's 'doctor shopping' in the final weeks of his life," Brown's office said.

The coroner has not yet ruled on what killed Haim, 38, who died last month after collapsing at the Los Angeles apartment he shared with his mother.

Haim obtained drugs using prescriptions written under the names of 20 Los Angeles doctors in the past year, Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner Ed Winter said last month. The coroner subpoenaed medical records from those doctors, Winter said.

Although Haim battled drug addiction for decades, his manager said his death came when Haim "was making major progress" with a program to wean him from pills.

Still, Haim sometimes threatened to find other doctors to prescribe him drugs when his primary physician wouldn't give him what he wanted, manager Mark Heaslip said Monday.

"I would be the only one who could talk him out of it," Heaslip told CNN Monday night.

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  1. Krissy

    Too much unknown still. I'm still in shock literally that my favorite 80's actor is gone.

    April 6, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. cliffordo

    For "privacy" protection reasons, there is no quick, reliable way for doctors to "see" if a patient has been running everywhere for pain killers or sedatives. You can't have privacy if you wany safety. The patients lie to get their drugs; doctors give in small bottles; the drug addicts or suicidal folks stock pile them. Doctors never know. If you want total safety, you need a National Computer Bank, like "Big Brother" who will watch the drugs you get all the time and "tell on you" to a new doctor.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. just wondering...

    What I dont understand is, with all of our technology, why do we not have a system in place where as when a script is filled in goes into a national database so that when another scrip is filled it will alart the pharmist to investigate a little futher to wether or not to continue filling that new scrip?! or maybe a system that the dr's office can utilize before issuing a new script? I would think that an extra 2 minute of your time verifing information on the computer with the patient to verify this type of information so that he or she isnt being over medicated is well worth the benifits for both the dr's and patients... technology is just like communication, it works great when you use it.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. David B.

    What kind of doctor does this? What morals are there in the medical community? I think money can anything. Very sad story-reminds me of river phoenix.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. mihalyim

    What kind of doctor does what? See a patient and prescribe him drugs based off of what the patient tells them is wrong and what they can detect with thier evaluation? That would be any one of them. He saw at least 20 different doctors in the last year that is the problem he went out to get what he wanted through a variety of doctors.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. CMS

    This isnt the Dr's fault. You are ignoring the fact that many of the perscriptions were written on scripts that were illegally obtained from a banlk-script ring. That and as cliffordo said the process is a violation of privacy rights as they exist today. Today the industry cant do what you suggest if they use different pharmacies....

    April 6, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Old Friend

    Corey was mentally ill. Prescription drug abuse is a frequent path of those unable to cope with much of anything. It is a truly sad event each time we lose someone to this terrible disease. If the prescription drugs were more carefully regulated per patient, the mentally ill with just find some other way to self-sabotage themselves. Unfortuneately, all of us are not created equal mental strength wise, I really wish that were'nt true. My heartfelt condolences to anyone whose lost a loved one this way, I do truly know the pain you've gone through throughout the decline of such a loved one's life. Just know, it's not your fault.

    April 6, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |