He wasn’t accused of cheating on his wife, and he wasn’t there to reveal a shocking secret from his past. But there was Jerry Brown this afternoon, sitting next to America’s favorite TV shrink, Dr. Phil.
California’s attorney general was invited, along with an unusual assortment of guests, to talk about the problem of prescription painkiller abuse. The episode follows the recent death of former child star Corey Haim.
Brown detailed a growing problem of criminals who steal doctors’ identities, fraudulently order prescription pads and then recruit homeless people to purchase Vicodin, OxyContin and other controlled drugs that they later sell.