this week's celebrity news from About.com/Alcoholism
Chris Klein Enters Rehab After DUI Arrest
A representative of Chris Klein said the "American Pie" actor had checked himself into rehab to "deal with his addiction." The move comes after his recent DUI arrest. "After recent events, Chris was forced to take a clear look at a problem he has been trying to deal with himself for years," Jaime Primak said. "He understands now that he can not beat this disease alone."
Nicole Richie's Probation Extended One Year
Reality television star Nicole Richie has had her DUI probation extended for one year because she has not completed her court-ordered alcohol education courses. Richie was granted a leave of absence from her probation requirements due to her responsibilities of raising her two children, Sparrow, 9 months and Harlow, 2.
Slipknot Bassist Died of Morphine Overdose
Paul Gray, bassist for the heavy metal band Slipknot died of an accidental overdose, according to autopsy results. Toxicology reports found morphine and fentanyl, another powerful painkiller, in his system. When his body was found by a hotel worker, a hypodermic needle was found near his body.
Corey Dillon Charged in Drunk Driving Case
Former Bengals running back Corey Dillon has officially be charged with two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. The charges stem from his arrest in April during a routine traffic stop. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08% or more.
Pain Doctor Tied to 68 Overdose Deaths Found Guilty
A Kansas doctor and his wife linked to 68 drug overdose deaths have been found guilty of conspiracy and other charges by a federal jury. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda were charged with unlawful dispensing of drugs, health care fraud and money laundering as well as the deaths of 21 of the overdose patients.
Ireland Drops Drunk Driving Level to 0.05
Irish Republic lawmakers have joined other countries in reducing the blood alcohol limit for drunk driving. The parliament passed a Road Traffic bill that reduced the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05. The same reduction has been recommended to British parliament.