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April 2, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
An accident victim who has been in a vegetative state for seven years underwent a "total transformation" and began speaking to doctors when he was given Valium before a dental procedure, a doctor said. Dr. Andres Kanner, a neurologist who specializes in epilepsy cases, said last week that the Wisconsin man suddenly emerged from his vegetative state about two weeks ago when he was given an intravenous injection of the drug.
May 8, 2012 | By David Ng
Thomas Kinkade, the popular painter who died in April at age 54, was killed by an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium, according to the medical examiner of Santa Clara County, Calif. The autopsy report of the artist, which  was released Monday, stated that Kinkade died of "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication" and that the death was accidental. Diazepam is an anti-anxiety drug that is found in prescription Valium. Kinkade died April 6 at his home in Monte Sereno, a community near Los Gatos in the Bay Area.
July 12, 1987 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
"Rotten luck," LaMarr Hoyt is mumbling to himself. "I get a new Porsche, and it don't work right. Rotten luck." He drives over to the Porsche doctor (his local mechanic), but somebody's following him. "Who's behind me?" he whispers. "More trouble? Not again." Zooooooooom. But Leadfoot LaMarr can't ditch the car behind him. And, now, the guy in the car is waving frantically. "Stop! Stop! Stop!" Hoyt pulls up to a red light.
October 27, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
A psychiatrist described as a close friend and maternal figure to Anna Nicole Smith repeatedly prescribed excessive amounts of sedatives and opiates despite the model's history of substance abuse, an expert testified Monday. The expert told a judge hearing evidence against Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and two others that medical and pharmacy records indicated at least five instances in which the psychiatrist overprescribed Valium, Vicodin or other drugs in the three years leading up to Smith's death.
April 29, 1989
A doctor whose name was on four tranquilizer bottles found in the apartment of former San Francisco 49er Carl Monroe, who died earlier this week at 29, said three of the prescriptions were forged, according to Friday's San Francisco Chronicle. San Jose police found two empty bottles of Valium and two empty bottles of diazepam, a generic form of Valium, inside Monroe's apartment on Wednesday, the day he died, the paper reported. A doctor, who asked not to be identified, had been treating Monroe for chronic bronchitis and said that he prescribed Valium once, on April 18, to help Monroe sleep.
April 28, 1989 | From Times wire service s
A doctor whose name was on four tranquilizer bottles found in the apartment of former San Francisco 49er Carl Monroe, who died suddenly at age 29, said three of the prescriptions were forged, according to a published report. San Jose police found two empty bottles of Valium and two empty bottles of diazepam, a generic form of Valium, in Monroe's apartment Wednesday, the day he died, the San Francisco Chronicle reported today. Police are investigating the prescriptions amid speculation that Monroe may have died of a Valium overdose.
October 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pharmaceutical company said it has developed a way for a drug sometimes linked to date-rape assaults to be more visible when placed in a drink. In the new formula, a tablet of the drug dissolves more slowly and releases a blue color so that it can be more easily detected. Even in a dark beverage, particles of the tablet will float. Colorless, odorless Rohypnol is 10 to 20 times more powerful than Valium and can be dropped into unknowing victims' drinks.
January 5, 1987 | TOM FRIEND
Pitcher LaMarr Hoyt of the San Diego Padres begins his 45-day jail sentence at Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Fla., this morning, but it's not like he's going to be dragging around a ball and chain. "No, LaMarr won't be on bread and water in an 8-by-10 cell with a three-watt light bulb," said Hoyt's attorney, Howard Frank, on Sunday. "This is not a maximum security facility."
November 14, 1986 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
Padre pitcher LaMarr Hoyt pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor drug charges, which were reduced from felonies, and will receive a 60-day to 1-year jail sentence as part of a plea bargain. Hoyt also will have to forfeit his 1986 Porsche 944, which was seized at the border Oct. 28 when he tried to cross into the United States with 322 1/2 Valium tablets and 138 painkiller pills. Hoyt, 31, who declined comment Thursday, will be sentenced on Dec.
December 10, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours before he was killed, Nick Markowitz thought he was finally going home. It had been a strange, often scary two-day odyssey since a group of young men had snatched him off the street in his West Hills neighborhood and carted him up the coast to Santa Barbara, according to testimony before a Santa Barbara County grand jury released last week.
August 25, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino, Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein
A sleepless Michael Jackson spent his last hours pleading for a dose of a powerful anesthetic, his doctor told police, according to court records unsealed Monday. For six hours, Dr. Conrad Murray said he resisted -- fearful that the pop star had developed a dangerous addiction to propofol. Instead, Murray administered the sedatives Valium, lorazepam and midazolam -- five times over six hours. But none put Jackson to sleep, and he continued to demand his "milk," the word the pop star used for propofol.
February 18, 2008 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
For thousands of years, humans have sipped, swallowed and chewed endless remedies to soothe frayed nerves: fermented ales in medieval Europe, coca tea and tobacco in the ancient Americas, and kava kava concoctions in the South Pacific, to name a few. For the last century or so, with varied success, researchers have tried to perfect the packaging of anxiety relief into a simple little pill. In the 1800s in the U.S.
October 1, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Leo Sternbach, the medicinal chemist who soothed the anxieties of a generation of Americans with the invention of Librium and Valium, died Wednesday at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 97. Sternbach had 241 drug patents, and at one point his discoveries accounted for 40% of the Roche Group's worldwide sales. His discovery of the benzodiazepine class of anti-anxiety drugs, which included the famous "Mother's Little Helper" of the Rolling Stones' hit record, was noted by U.S.
June 19, 2005 | Steve Lopez
I don't recall ever having been on Valium before, and the last thing I want to do is become a pharmaceutical company shill. But I've got to tell you, the stuff isn't half bad, particularly if you live in California. The last couple of weeks are a bit of a blur for me, thanks to surgery and the aforementioned anti-anxiety medication, along with a full menu of painkillers, antibiotics and steroids.
Federal authorities sued a Redondo Beach distributor of medical and veterinary supplies Thursday, accusing the company of negligently selling thousands of vials of ketamine--an animal tranquilizer similar to PCP--to a bogus veterinary clinic. The civil complaint seeks $520,000 in penalties from D-V Medical Supply and its president, Neal Hyams, for failing to keep records and inform the Drug Enforcement Administration about the suspiciously large sales.
A narcotics ring led by local Hells Angels funneled large quantities of so-called designer drugs from the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo to high school students in Ventura and Ojai, according to a grand jury indictment released Wednesday. According to the indictment, Hells Angels allegedly recruited a group of juveniles dubbed "The Outfit" to sell hundreds of thousands of doses of Valium and Vicodin supplied by an Air Force clinic worker.
When the phone rings in the Chatoff kitchen, it could be a credit-card pitch--or it could be a well-known actress with emotional problems less well-known to her fans. "Trust the process," Steven Chatoff counsels in a firm, soothing voice. "Trust it." Translation: Take your medication. The problem right now isn't the business. The problem is you. From his Thousand Oaks home, Chatoff routinely delivers such messages to entertainment figures--particularly rock musicians--on both coasts.
February 28, 1985 | United Press International
Hoffmann-La Roche's patent on the widely used tranquilizer Valium has expired, clearing the way for other pharmaceutical companies to seek federal approval to manufacture the drug on a generic basis. John Doorley, a spokesman at Hoffmann-La Roche's Nutley, N.J., headquarters, said the patent for the drug diazepam, in the Swiss-based firm's hands since 1963, expired at midnight Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration must give its approval before anyone else can sell diazepam.
THE ANGEL ON THE ROOF Stories By Russell Banks; HarperCollins: 506 pp., $27.50 "His story was like a prayer," Russell Banks writes of a lie his estranged father once told him, "like all good stories, but it went unanswered. The one to whom he prayed--not me, but an angel on the roof--was not listening." We tell stories to make people love us, he writes, hoping that some angel will make them believable.
A 41-year-old woman was jailed Wednesday on suspicion of poisoning her ailing step-grandfather on two occasions in what authorities are describing as an attempt to kill the Simi Valley man for financial gain. Sindi Samantha Del Tour was being held on $250,000 bail Wednesday night on suspicion of attempted murder, poisoning and elder abuse. Prosecutors have further alleged the actions were premeditated, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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