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Corey Haim's death may be linked to illegal prescription drug ring, authorities say

March 12, 2010 |  5:18 pm

The death of former child star Corey Haim may be linked to an illegal Southern California prescription drug ring, authorities said Friday.

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced that his office is investigating the ring’s possible connection with Haim’s death Wednesday. The 38-year-old actor, whose credits included “The Lost Boys” and “Lucas,” died at a Burbank hospital after being found unresponsive in his apartment near Universal City.

Brown said an unauthorized prescription under Haim’s name was found during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription drug pads ordered from a San Diego vendor.

The drug ring operates by using stolen doctor identities to order prescription drug pads from authorized sellers. The prescription forms are then sold on the street to addicts or drug dealers who have them filled at pharmacies. Doctors whose names are used on the prescriptions are usually unaware that their identities have been stolen.

Detectives reportedly found prescription drugs at Haim’s home. His death was described as an apparent overdose.

“Corey Haim’s death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” Brown said.

He said investigators so far have uncovered about 5,000 fraudulent prescriptions linked to the drug ring.

--Bob Pool