April 6, 2010
Posted: 05:30 PM ET
In the weeks before his death from a suspected accidental overdose, actor Corey Haim went “doctor shopping” and obtained at least 553 pills of powerful prescription medications from seven different doctors and as many different pharmacies, California’s attorney general said Tuesday.
Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said that Haim visited physicians at offices, urgent-care facilities and emergency rooms to obtain the potential deadly collection of pills and on one occasion used an alias. Brown said Haim’s case illustrates that prescribed drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, and that doctor-shopping can be deadly.
“He is the poster child for the problem,” Brown told reporters Tuesday. “There are a lot of doctor-shoppers and most of them aren’t celebrities.”
Investigators released a report confirming that from Feb. 2 to March 5 - five days before he died – the star of such movies as the “Lost Boys” and “License to Drive” obtained more than 195 tablets of Valium, 194 tablets of Soma, 149 tablets of Vicodin and 15 tablets of Xanax.
Haim, 38, was found unresponsive last month at his mother's apartment. He later died at a hospital; Los Angeles Police Department officials said his death appeared to be an accidental overdose. He had complained of flu-like symptoms before he died. Coroner’s officials have deferred a cause of death pending further tests.
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