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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Drew Believes Prescription Meds Led To DJ AM's Death

Sep. 1 2009, Published 5:10 a.m. ET

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The sudden death of DJ AM, or Adam Goldstein, continues to baffle his friends and fans. One such friend, Dr. Drew Pinsky, believes that Goldstein's passing may have been the end of a chain reaction set in motion shortly after the disk jockey's escape from a September 2008 plane crash.

"It seemed truly unbelievable that a guy with this degree of success of his sobriety would go out...I just instinctively knew that someone must have put him on some medication after the plane accident," Pinksy, who never treated Goldstein, told exclusively. "He probably stayed on appropriately prescribed anti-anxiety medication but without preparing for what that meant for the standpoint of the biology of his addiction."

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"It's why people in sobriety can't take anything that can activate the disease of addiction," he explained. "Staying on the prescription medications was the fatal flaw. Staying on it allows the biology to fester and it rolls along until it finally explodes."

Goldstein was found in his New York apartment with drug paraphernalia and prescription medication by his body.

Pinksy had known Goldstein for years. He had been a guest on Pinksy's popular radio show Loveline and also made himself available to Pinsky's patients who were battling addiction.

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Pinksy remembers: "He would go to the mat for people."



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