Benoit Doctor Surrenders, Charged By Police

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LATEST: Late wrestling star CHRIS BENOIT's doctor has been charged with improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs after surrendering to police in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Phil Astin had been charged with prescribing drugs including Percocet, Xanax, Lorcet and Vicoprofen between April 2004 and September 2005. Police claim the drugs were dispensed to recipients identified in records by the initials O.G. and M.J., reports the Associated Press. Although Benoit's initials were not listed, anabolic steroids were found at the wrestler's home, where cops believe the World Heavyweight Champion asphyxiated his wife, Nancy, and son Daniel, before hanging himself - suggesting the drugs played a role in the family's June (07) deaths. Last week (27Jun07), agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) searched Dr. Astin's office in Carrollton, Georgia after the medic's name was found printed on prescription bottles at Benoit's house in nearby Fayetteville. Meanwhile, according to website TheSmokingGun.com, Astin was prescribing Benoit, on average, "a 10 month supply of anabolic steroids... every three to four weeks" between May 2006 and May 2007.


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