An illegal prescription drug ring has been linked to the death of actor Corey Haim and is now under investigation by California State Attorney General Jerry Brown.
RadarOnline.com was first to report that Haim’s death was likely from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Now Brown has put out a press release linking Haim’s death to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring."
An unauthorized prescription under Haim’s name was found during an ongoing investigation of fake prescription-drug pads from a vendor in San Diego, according to the press release.
The drug ring uses stolen identities from doctors to obtain prescription drugs pads, which the state says are then sold on the street. So far the investigation has uncovered approximately 5,000 fake prescriptions for Southern California.
Haim had a prescription drug addiction problem for years. And although some reports have said he was clean at the time of his death people close to him say he was not.
"Corey Haim's death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse," Attorney General Brown said. "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."