'Massive Prescription Drug Ring' Seen in Haim Death
Calif. attorney general launches investigation
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 9:32 PM CST

(Newser) – Corey Haim’s death looks to be tied to a “massive prescription drug ring” being investigated by California authorities, the state’s attorney general says. Criminals have been using phony prescription pads after stealing doctors’ identities, and a chit for the painkiller OxyContin made out to the actor, who died of an overdose Wednesday at 38.

“Corey Haim’s death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse,” Jerry Brown says. “This problem is increasingly linked to criminal organizations, like the illegal and massive prescription-drug ring under investigation. It’s a serious public-health problem.”