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09:15 AM ET 07.23 | Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard had been out of drug rehab for just one day before his younger brother gave him an unprescribed narcotic pain pill at the start of an evening of night-clubbing, drug-taking and heavy drinking that resulted in his death, prosecutors alleged Friday. A complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court said Aaron Boogaard, 24, told police he gave his brother a single oxycodone the night before he found Derek Boogaard dead in their Minneapolis apartment May 13. Derek Boogaard, 28, died of what authorities ruled was a toxic mix of alcohol and drugs.

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July 23, 2011  09:21 AM ET

ridiculous. If you're going to go that route, then please go after the doctors and therapists that help get players addicted to this junk in the first place and that also prescribe them like candies. While they're at it, go after the drug industry for putting out such highly addictive drugs and helping make them so accessible (through their ultra powerful lobbies).

July 23, 2011  09:27 AM ET

oxycodone is one of the most widely abused and easy to obtain prescription drugs in america. I have a REALLY tough time dealing with this type of selective prosecution. Next time some hobo dies while shooting heroin, I'd love to see the prosecutors go after the drug dealer with such zeal. Never gonna happen though.

July 23, 2011  09:28 AM ET

Read this story on TSN yesterday. This is painful, sorry saga for the entire Boogaard family.

I feel terribly sorry for the parents. This chapter just adds insult to injury.

July 23, 2011  09:31 AM ET

He was arrested because he gave his brother an unprescribed oxycodone pill. If the pill had been prescribed by a doctor nothing would have been done, but because it was a layman. . . . .

From what I've heard about the Boogey man, if his brother told him what it was he would have known exactly how dangerous it was to drink alcohol after taking one of those. I wonder how many times he got away with it before?

July 23, 2011  09:36 AM ET
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I wonder how many times he got away with it before?

Probably more than a few times. Obviously his system's reached the point of no return and, this one pill (if that's all it was) proved to be the silver bullet.

July 23, 2011  09:40 AM ET

This is just turning a story about a guy who shouldn't have even been in the NHL into something even worse than it already was.

July 23, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

oxycodone is one of the most widely abused and easy to obtain prescription drugs in america. I have a REALLY tough time dealing with this type of selective prosecution. Next time some hobo dies while shooting heroin, I'd love to see the prosecutors go after the drug dealer with such zeal. Never gonna happen though.

I understand what you're saying in your 2 posts Foil but what kind of a brother gives you drugs the day after you complete rehab?

July 23, 2011  10:07 AM ET
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I understand what you're saying in your 2 posts Foil but what kind of a brother gives you drugs the day after you complete rehab?

A brother that is just as screwed up by the pills as Derek was. Obviously, a whole lot of disfuntion all around with these boys.

July 23, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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He was arrested because he gave his brother an unprescribed oxycodone pill. If the pill had been prescribed by a doctor nothing would have been done, but because it was a layman. . . . . From what I've heard about the Boogey man, if his brother told him what it was he would have known exactly how dangerous it was to drink alcohol after taking one of those. I wonder how many times he got away with it before?

does the fact that it's unprescribed somehow make it worse that they most probably both have problems with pain meds? I don't think it really makes a difference. To me its tragic that they're in the position to begin with, and even more so that the dependence usually comes from doctors over prescribing and doing insufficiewnt follow-ups to ensure that there aren't problems. Once the guy is hooked, he's hooked...he will find the drugs either way, and lord knows that oxycodone is readily available.

The whole system is severaly messed up and needs fixing, but as I've said, my problem is that the prosecutors are gonna come down from their high horse and go after an individual that never willingly hurt his brother...yet those same prosecutors and the lawmakers themselves turtle at the very thought of actually tackling this problem head on.

July 23, 2011  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I understand what you're saying in your 2 posts Foil but what kind of a brother gives you drugs the day after you complete rehab?

(1) not the smartest guys and (2) guys with serious addiction problems. Just think that its ridiculous to go after this guy as if it's what will change things. There are much, MUCH better and more efficient ways to work on solving a huge problem that goes well beyond the Boogard bros.

July 23, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I understand what you're saying in your 2 posts Foil but what kind of a brother gives you drugs the day after you complete rehab?

On the other hand I guess re-hab didn't take. But unless said brother shoved it down is throat, it's not all his fault.

July 23, 2011  11:31 AM ET
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(1) not the smartest guys and (2) guys with serious addiction problems. Just think that its ridiculous to go after this guy as if it's what will change things. There are much, MUCH better and more efficient ways to work on solving a huge problem that goes well beyond the Boogard bros.

Targeting Aaron is kind of a cop out I think. Doctors and therapists readily give this stuff out, they need to reevaluate the system but that will never happen because its a multi-million dollar industry. Also, Derek most likely knew what it was and still decided to drink in excess.

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July 23, 2011  11:33 AM ET

Foil, I was agreeing with you. The hypocrisy of the system is amazing. If a doctor would have prescribed the pill and he went out drinking they would have blamed Boogaard, but since it was his brother that gave him the pill, well in that case its the brother's fault.

Good point too Canuck. The brother should have seen what it did to him and helped him out, not get him right back into his old habits.

July 23, 2011  11:40 AM ET
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Pill addiction is a seriously sick, twisted vice to accustom your body to. I've witnessed first hand what it does to people, and how seriously difficult they find it to remove themselves from their addiction. One would hope the only sentence dealt out to this guy is serious rehab with constant monitoring to ensure he doesn't follow the same fate as his brother. The family has already been through enough.

The article stated that Aaron won't receive a serious homicide or drug distribution charge because it can't be proven that the 1 pill he gave Derek caused his death. It also said they found a large amount of percocet, oxycontin, and oxycodone, as well as alcohol in his system. Apparently, Derek had quite the stash and Aaron flushed it before the police got there so he's going to be charged with tampering with the scene.

July 23, 2011  11:52 AM ET

This is truly sad. I lived in a town in western PA that had a serious oxycontin problem. I think half the town was addicted to this stuff and I saw the transformation It caused in people. It turned decent folk into some of the coldest and most heartless individuals I had ever encountered. Something has to be done about this epidemic spreading across our country. And the fact that his brother would willing give him one of these pills a day after rehab just proves my point about the kind of actions oxycontin brings out in people. My condolences go out to the parents.

July 23, 2011  01:08 PM ET
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This is truly sad. I lived in a town in western PA that had a serious oxycontin problem. I think half the town was addicted to this stuff and I saw the transformation It caused in people. It turned decent folk into some of the coldest and most heartless individuals I had ever encountered. Something has to be done about this epidemic spreading across our country. And the fact that his brother would willing give him one of these pills a day after rehab just proves my point about the kind of actions oxycontin brings out in people. My condolences go out to the parents.

Oxycodone is not the same thing as Oxycontin. Otherwise, your point is well taken.

July 23, 2011  01:46 PM ET
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...Derek had quite the stash and Aaron flushed it before the police got there so he's going to be charged with tampering with the scene.

That's bogus. In many cases, in order to escape the religious and social stigmas associated with suicide, a well-meaning family-member will often engage in suppression of certain evidence before the authorities arrive.

This is a grievous waste of time and money. There's no good can come of it.

Boogaard's dead (by an unfortunate case of misadventure) - Let's just move on.

 
July 23, 2011  02:58 PM ET
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oxycodone is one of the most widely abused and easy to obtain prescription drugs in america. I have a REALLY tough time dealing with this type of selective prosecution. Next time some hobo dies while shooting heroin, I'd love to see the prosecutors go after the drug dealer with such zeal. Never gonna happen though.

You sure like to stick your foot in the cheesy curds don't you Poutine. The guy was an addict and his brother was stupid enough to fuel his addiction not even a day later. Gee, with bro's like that who needs Pablo Escobar around. Go after the drug industry.......yeah right. They've been around for 5,000 years.

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