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Charlie Sheen’s bizarre behavior reportedly not caused by drugs

Charlie Sheen’s bizarre behavior is apparently not caused by drugs. The former Two and a Half Men star said he allowed Radar Online to personally test him for a laundry list of drugs last weekend. Radar Online, a court-certified toxicology laboratory, tested both a blood and urine sample, and both reportedly came back clean. Which leaves many people worried that the actor’s antics may be caused by mental problems rather than drug-related ones.

The blood test conducted on Sheen looked for traces legal prescription and illegal drugs that included amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, propoxyphene and ethyl alcohol. The urine sample searched for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine and propoxyphene. Both tests were performed in front of lab technicians, and both came back clean.

Among the drugs the actor was tested for is propoxyphene, a prescription painkiller known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet. The drugs were recently banned from the U.S. market by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they were linked to serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. The drug had previously been pulled from European nations because of its high dependency risk and its potential for overdose that has caused hundreds if not thousands of deaths since the drug was approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago.