Our Omaha drug defense lawyer blog usually covers things happening right here in Nebraska, but the latest news emerging from Hollywood is well worth sharing. Reports are now leaking out that the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser” went incredibly far to boost their ratings, and may have even encouraged narcotics use for contestants to help ensure they shed excess pounds fast. Though the producers may not need an Omaha drug defense lawyer, they should be looking up the names of some in Hollywood if local law enforcement finds evidence that it’s true.
A Journalist Tipped Off the Sherriff’s Department
According to the NY Post, it was actually a journalist that went to local law enforcement with the allegations and they’ve now confirmed with several former contestants that street drugs were a part of the show’s regimen. Per the Post, Joelle Gwynn of the Couples Season in 2008 was among the first to speak out. She said that Bob Harper was her trainer and relays the story: “He goes away and his assistant comes in. He’s got this brown paper bag that’s bundled up. He says, ‘Take this drug, it’ll really help you.’ It was yellow and black. I was like, ‘What the f- -k is this?’ ”
It is Believed Contestants were Given Adderall and Ephedra
It’s believed that the pill Gwynn took that day was an ephedra supplement, which she reported made her “jittery and hyper.” The substance was once found in diet and weight loss products across the country, but was banned by the FDA in 2004 after more than 800 reports of extreme toxicity came in and more than 22 deaths were linked to its use. The supplement is known to cause serious health issues, such as heart attacks and strokes. The Post also confirmed that Harper and his assistant gave out Adderall, which is generally used to treat ADHD, but tends to energize people who don’t have the condition. It’s a Schedule II drug, with risks that include rapid or irregular heartbeat, panic, psychosis, delirium, and heart failure.
The Show May Have Used Other Brutal Tactics to Encourage Weight Loss, Too
We’re just now learning what went on behind the scenes, but contestants are now saying they were told to starve themselves, often taking in fewer than 800 calories a day, and that they often purged after eating, dehydrated themselves to fool the scale, and worse. Contestants from at least one season were lumped together in a single bedroom with no air conditioning in a home with no working toilet and no shower curtains or privacy.
Omaha Drug Defense Lawyer
At this point, we don’t know if anyone will be formally charged, though authorities have admitted they’re looking into it. We also don’t know if individual contestants, trainers, or producers will be the ones charged. However, any or all of them could be facing felonies, with years behind bars and enormous fines. Officials take these cases very seriously. If you or a loved one is in a similar circumstance, you owe it to yourself to have an experienced Omaha drug defense lawyer by your side and protecting your rights. Call Daniel Stockmann at (844) 545-3022 for your free case evaluation today.