Friday, March 13, 2009

Drugs kill - Anna Nicole Smith

As substance abuse professionals we sometimes refer to addiction as a "family disease". It is of interest that Anna Nicole Smith and her son both died from overdoses. On Thursday, March 12, 2009 both Anna's attorney and lover, and two doctors where charged with "conspiracy" in providing Anna with drugs that killed her.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The longtime companion of Anna Nicole Smith and two psychiatrists were charged on Thursday with conspiring to furnish drugs to the former Playboy playmate in the years before her 2007 death from a prescription medication overdose.

Howard Stern, an attorney, and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich were each charged with a single count of conspiracy, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Other charges were filed for unlawfully prescribing opiates and other controlled substances.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said the trio furnished thousands of prescription pills to Smith, "often for no legitimate medical purpose."

"There is ample evidence that Doctor Eroshevich and Doctor Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while Mr. Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Ms. Smith," Brown said.

The charges say they allegedly furnished drugs to Smith between June 2004 and January 26, 2007.

The famously blond and buxom Smith died at age 39 in Hollywood, Florida, on February 8, 2007, of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs shortly after the birth of her daughter and the death of her son, who also died of a drug overdose.

This is article #13 in a series on Drugs Kill

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