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'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.

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“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.”
(Read more Corey Haim stories.)

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