Chris Benoit, the professional wrestler suspected of last week’s murder-suicide in Georgia was prescribed a 10-month supply of steroids at least every four weeks, according to a federal indictment of his doctor, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constutiton. Dr. Phillipe Astin III dispensed potentially dangerous drugs “like candy,” said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias. Astin was indicted on seven counts of distributing excessive amounts of pain and anxiety medicine and an amphetamine to two people (not including Benoit). Over two years, Nahmias said the doctor prescribed more than 1 million doses of drugs such as steroids, painkillers, and anxiety medicine. Many of the prescriptions were undated, a violation of federal law.
Police say the wrestling star killed his wife, his 7-year-old son and himself on the weekend of June 24. Injectable steroids were found at the crime scene. Nahmias said Astin was indicted quickly so pharmacists will stop filling his prescriptions. Steroids can help athletes improve their performance. They can also trigger violent outbursts known as “‘roid rage.” “Dr. Astin allegedy prescribed such drugs like candy, with little regard for appropriate medical practice or the recipients’ health,” Nahmias said. Benoit’s name also surfaced in a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation of a weight-loss company the feds are now prosecuting.