Another celebrity is being treated for a prescription drug problem. Alex O’Loughlin, who plays Detective Steve McGarrett on the popular CBS show Hawaii Five-0, will miss at least one episode while he undergoes treatment.
The 35-year-old Australian actor will “receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury,” according to his representative.
Production of Hawaii Five-0 is ahead of schedule for the current season, with 19 episodes already completed. The show, now in its second season, beat the new NBC musical drama Smash in the ratings for the last two weeks of February. Production will continue without O’Loughlin.
“We respect and support Alex’s decision,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement. “Everyone at CBS Television and Hawaii Five-0 wishes him well and we look forward to his return.”
Before landing the lead role in Hawaii Five-0, O’Loughlin appeared on various television shows, including the paranormal series Moonlight. He starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in The Back-up Plan.
Chronic pain is a problem for many celebrities, including actor George Clooney, who recently said he thought of “ending it all” because of pain from a back injury.
The overdose deaths of celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Amy Whitehouse and Heath Ledger have also brought increasing public attention to the danger of abusing prescription drugs. The cause of death for singer Whitney Houston has yet to be determined, although vials of Xanax, Ativan and Valium were found in the singer’s Beverly Hills hotel room.