The death of ’80s teen idol Corey Haim has become an issue in the California governor’s race.
Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) has seized on Haim’s sad, final chapter as a way to publicize his effort to clamp down on “doctor shopping” – the practice of seeking treatment from multiple doctors in order to gain access to prescriptions drugs.
Brown, the expected Democratic nominee for governor, held a press conference Tuesday where he again talked about Haim’s prescription drug abuse.
Haim, who starred in a string of hit movies including “The Lost Boys,” died from an overdose of prescription pills last month.
"In a period of 32 days, Corey Haim obtained at least 553 doses of potentially dangerous prescription drugs," Brown said in a statement Tuesday. "He died five days later. It's important for people to understand that legal, prescribed drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, and doctor shopping can be deadly."
This has become a major issue for Brown. Last month he went on the "Dr. Phil" show to talk about “doctor shopping.”