Anna Nicole pumped full of drugs

– Calif. official
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Former Playboy model and  television star Anna Nicole Smith was given massive amounts of  prescription drugs illegally by her boyfriend and two doctors  for years before her death from an overdose, California’s  attorney general said yesterday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown called Smith a “known addict”  to whom lawyer and boyfriend Howard K. Stern, and doctors  Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, conspired to supply  thousands of pills before she died in 2007.

The three were charged late Thursday with conspiracy and  prescribing controlled substances to Smith starting in 2004, in  a first step in what Brown described as a statewide campaign  against doctors who provide illegal prescriptions.

“My hope is that the message will go out that doctors do  not have a license to pump innocent and often vulnerable people  full of dangerous chemicals,” Brown told reporters at a news  conference in Los Angeles.

The famously blond and buxom Smith, who was in a legal battle  over her late husband’s multimillion-dollar estate, died at age 39  in Hollywood, Florida, on Feb. 8, 2007, of an accidental overdose  of prescription drugs. Her death came shortly after the birth of  her daughter and the death of her 20-year-old son, who also died  of an overdose from prescription drugs and methadone.

Brown, who plans to run for California governor in 2010 after  filling that position from 1975 to 1983, said he expects to bring  more prosecutions against doctors who illegally provide drugs to  patients in order to counter what he described as a widespread  social problem.

The criminal complaint accompanying the charges describes  the drugs provided to Smith as Ambien, hydromorphone, Dilaudid,  methadone and Xanax, among others.

“These cocktails, methadone and anti-depressants and  sleeping pills and Xanax, it explodes,” Brown said.
The complaint also details how drugs were obtained for  Smith under other names including an alias for Smith, Michelle  Chase, and Stern’s own name.

“This was done knowingly and it was done with tragic  consequences,” Brown said. “(Anna Nicole Smith) was a very  famous person. But the abuse in this case was serious.  Unfortunately, it was not that unusual. It goes on.”

Brown said Eroshevich, Smith’s personal psychiatrist, and  Kapoor violated their ethical obligations as physicians, while  Stern funneled highly addictive drugs to Smith.

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