Who gave Anna Nicole Smith all of those drugs?
The Florida medical examiner who said that Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental overdose released new shocking information on Wednesday.
Dr. Joshua Perper says that one doctor wrote all 11 prescriptions found in Smith's hotel room where she died, 9 of them were written to Howard K. Stern and more than 600 pills were missing from prescriptions no more than five weeks old at the time of Smith's death.
Why would one doctor give so many drugs to one person? And where did all of those missing pills go?
As we first told you last month all of the prescriptions were written by Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, Anna Nicole's psychiatrist and traveling buddy.
Perper's office says that eight of the prescriptions were issued to Howard K. Stern, Smith's lawyer-turned-companion. Two were for Alex Katz, but no one really seems to know who this is. It could be an alias. One of the prescriptions was written to Dr. Eroshevich's name.
The even stranger piece of the puzzle is that so many of the drugs were missing...
The powerful sleeping aid chloral hydrate — the medication blamed with tipping the balance in the toxic mix of drugs and causing her death — was prescribed Jan. 2, and about two-thirds of the bottle was gone, according to the medical examiner's records.
The records show Smith had three prescriptions for muscle relaxants in her hotel room: two for carisoprodol, prescribed Jan. 2 and Jan. 26, and one for methocarbamol, under the brand name Robaxin, prescribed Jan. 2. Some 415 of the carisoprodol pills were missing from their containers as well as 33 of the Robaxin pills.
The records also show 62 tablets of the anti-anxiety drug Valium were missing from a prescription less than two weeks old at the time of Smith's death; 79 tablets of the anti-seizure medications Topomax and Klonopin; and at least two dozen diuretics, antibiotics, antivirals and potassium supplements.
Perper said despite the huge quantity of drugs, it was not clear how much was ingested by Smith.
Many people have come forward after Anna Nicole's death to admit that she had a drug problem including her ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead who has said he saw Stern feeding Smith drugs on occassion.
Anna Nicole's 20-year-old son, Daniel, also died of a lethal drug combo. He too had methadone in his system. Both Stern and Birkhead are expected to testify later this month in an inquest that Daniel had a drug problem of his own.
Smith's estranged mother, Virgie Arthur, says she believes Howard K. Stern lead to both Anna Nicole and Daniel's deaths.
Stern and Birkhead both claim to be the father of Smith's baby daughter, Dannielynn. DNA results are expected to be released next week.