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Hawaii Five-0's Alex O'Loughlin in treatment for prescription drugs

O'Loughlin to undergo treatment for prescription medication. O'Loughlin to undergo treatment for prescription medication.
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By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now has learned that Hawaii Five-0's Alex O'Loughlin is undergoing treatment for prescription medication.

The Australian star could miss filming for at least one episode while he undergoes treatment. 

O'Loughlin's publicist Jodi Gottlieb released a statement, which said, "Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0 to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury."

The 35-year-old Australian star himself has said its been hard work being in Hawaii Five-O, right from the pilot episode two years ago. "It's not like we ramped up a certain pace," he told Hawaii News Now's Teri Okita last month. "It was like explosions and fistfights on top of containers and you know, gunshots and all the rest of it from the onset."
 
Addiction to prescription drugs isn't a problem just for television stars. "Prescription drugs aren't as sexy as hearing about meth or ice or marijuana, but they are the most dangerous problem we're facing right now," said Robert Saenz, president of VIP consulting and a nationally recognized expert on drug misuse and addiction.
 
Saenz said prescription drugs are good drugs if they are taken appropriately and monitored by a  physician because they can be addictive. "Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl patches. Just about anything that is in a pill form or a patch form that can be obtained from your medicine cabinet, from your loved one's home," Saenz said.
 
No details have been released as to which prescription painkiller may be involved in O'Loughlin's case or the specific circumstances. But Saenz said it's a problem that is widespread.
 
"If you have these drugs in your medicine cabinet, make sure that you remember that they're for you. They're not for your loved ones. And you should safeguard them and protect them from becoming an unwitting addict or depend on these," said Saenz.
 
CBS released a statement, saying, "We respect and support Alex's decision. Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-O wishes him well and we look forward to his return."
 
CBS had this to say, "We respect and support Alex's decision.  Everyone at CBS Television Studios and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well and we look forward to his return."

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