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

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

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Right, because this is how the AG should be spending his time and our money.

Can anyone please tell me how many celebrities have recently passed away due to marijuana overdose?

He died of pneumonia. He had a high fever and fluid in his lungs. Did you read the preliminary autopsy findings?

The stupid War on Drugs is a monster that eats all information in its path and has dumbed down our society completely.

Has anyone been paying attention, by the way, to the large number of celebrities under forty who have been hospitalized for pneumonia since H1N1 started circulating around the country?

The question I would be asking now if I worked for the government is -- is this some trend that people under 40 are being hospitalized for an illness that we used to see only in people over 70?

But hey -- the police can't prosecute germs, and they can't prosecute lack of health insurance.

So Haim had to die of an OD to satisfy the drug police, even if every scrap of physical evidence points to pneumonia.

That's the kind of intellectual honesty we can expect from the good old War on Drugs.

Jerry brown is a real piece of work, by the way.

Look at how he's exploiting Haim's death for his own political campaign.

Brown is hard core drug warrior, and of course as a hard core drug warrior, he can't even consider for one second the possibility that Haim actually died from a case of flu turning into pneumonia.

He had a high fever and fluid in his lungs. Drug ODs don't cause fever or fluid in your lungs.

Pneumonia causes fever and fluid in your lungs.

Is Jerry Brown listening? Heck no -- because a death due to pneumonia does nothing to help a drug warrior look important to the people of California.

Is it possible to overdose on Marijuana? I'd read it is imposible to overdose on marijuana. I also read that marijuana has been used as medication for over 2000 years only in the past 70 years it hasn't. Prescription drugs kills. Marijuana doesn't.

Read the report again. He had an enlarged heart... Congestive heart failure. Fluid builds up in the lungs. Hypoxia. Death.

He wrecked his body with years of drug and alcohol use and abuse. His death was no real shock to me. His heart, liver and lungs are probably has bad as someone 60 or 70 years old.

Washington Post today: massive federal investigation into the illegal sales of prescription medication in VA. Retired grandmother selling oxycontin, methadone, demarol out of her kitchen, a huge surge in prescription drugs on the street, in schools...what's all the pain Americans are trying to relieve? Also, consider huge hit Mexican drug cartels are taking re: Marijuana. Many of them have turned to selling "black tar" heroin. wouldn't be surprised if the pills thing is part of the organized crime alternative to weed sales.

I just have to say this is the 3rd star to die with fluid in the lungs and a fever. Anna Nicole, Britaney Murphy were the other 2. All 3 had a perscription drug habit. I know for a fact that these drugs can be injected when modified. I have a feeling that they were injecting the drug themselves. And as an indirect result, YES the pnuemonia and fever were caused by these drugs. Oxicontin, and other pain killers slow the circulatory system and respiratory system down so much, that eventually everything starts to sit. So maybe you should read more before stating facts you do not know.


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