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Ex-'CSI' star Gary Dourdan charged with drug possession

By Abigail Prendergast     Jul 8, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Former "CSI" actor Gary Dourdan had been caught with the addictive narcotic pain-killer Oxycontin last month. Authorities have charged him with felony possession of the opiate as well as for drug paraphernalia.
Gary Dourdan, who used to play Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, was charged with possessing drugs upon the determination which was made by officials that he was toting the pain-killer Oxycontin. Doudan, who crashed his vehicle into a couple of other cars was initially suspected of carrying ecstasy on June 13th , the night of his arrest in Los Angeles. However, the pills he had were later confirmed to be Oxycontin and in addition to the aforementioned charge Dourdan was also slapped with one for drug paraphernalia.
Oxycontin is the brand-name version of the time-released Oxycodone and had become the best-selling narcotic for relieving pain by 2001. The drug had raked in $2.5 billion in sales in 2008 and DEA analysis indicates that purchases of the pain-killer “jumped nearly six-fold between 1997 and 2005.”
Despite the lack of stigma attached to it, Oxycontin’s chemical composition is actually very similar to that of heroin. It has been used recreationally in the United States since the late 1990s and got its start being used in such a manner in more rural parts of the country; hence the slang term “hillbilly heroin.”
The narcotic’s usage expanded across ethnic, sociological and financial backgrounds over time and has even become the less expensive answer to heroin for some celebrities. Back in the fall of 2003, conservative talk-radio show host Rush Limbaugh was under investigation for illegally acquiring the highly addictive Oxycontin and after a confession to his fans he claimed he would do a 30-day stint in a rehabilitation facility.
In addition to the confession Limbaugh contended that his pain-killer addiction was due to back pain which were made worse by a botched surgery.
As far as the 44-year-old Dourdan is concerned, if he is convicted on every charge he can spend up to a year in jail. This does not include the vehicular incident, however as that was noted as the insurance company’s concern.
Dourdan has also been nabbed for felony possession of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy back in 2008 when police officers discovered him passed out in his car while parked on the incorrect side of the street in Palm Springs, CA.
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