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Haim's OD Prompts Prescription Drug-Ring Probe

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Following the death of onetime child star Corey Haim this week from a prescription drug overdose, authorities and the public quickly moved to scrutinize the actor's abuse of the pills and the possibility he had been "doctor shopping"--a practice that involves seeking prescriptions from multiple doctors at the same time.

In the wake of Haim's death, and as part of what's described as "an ongoing crackdown on prescription-drug fraud and abuse," Attorney General Jerry Brown announced yesterday his office is investigating an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring" with ties to Haim, according to a press release.

38-year-old Haim's link to the ring comes via an unauthorized prescription found in his name "during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription-drug pads ordered from a vendor in San Diego." These pads are ordered using fraudulent and stolen doctor's information; the medical professionals are "usually unaware that his or her identity has been stolen for this purpose."

So far, "more than 4,500 to 5,000 fraudulent prescriptions linked to the fraud ring in Southern California" have been uncovered.