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Doctor: 1,500 Pills Don't Prove an Addiction


Genetics, not actions, cause addiction.

(AP) — A pain-management doctor says Anna Nicole Smith was not a prescription drug addict and that prescriptions for 1,500 pills in one month do not prove addiction.

Dr. Perry G. Fine on Wednesday rebuffed a prosecutor's suggestion that such an amount suggested addiction. Fine says taking drugs does not cause addiction and that the disease of addiction is based on genetics.

He says Smith suffered fractured ribs and was seeking relief from chronic pain.

Fine was testifying in the drug conspiracy trial against the model's boyfriend and two doctors.

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty to providing drugs to an addict. They are not charged with Smith's 2007 overdose death.

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