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Jackson: Drugs And The Missing Doctor

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 29, 2009 3:24 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Demerol, Oxycontin, Prescription Drug Abuse, Opioids, Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad was Michael Jackson's personal physician who denies injecting him with Demerol before his death.

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IMAGE SOURCE: Dr. Murray/ ABC News Web site 

 

Questions about the death of superstar Michael Jackson are circulating around his doctor and the singer’s known drug addiction.

A former video producer tells ABC News that Jackson had a “20-plus year” addiction to the painkiller Demerol, as well as a cocktail of other drugs, including Oxycontin.  Other drugs he reportedly used include the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, and anti-depressant Zoloft.

Schaffel said everybody in Jackson’s close circle knew about his drug addiction. 

"I was shocked, but I knew it was only a matter of time that something like this would happen," Schaffel said. "I have said before, that if he continued using drugs at this rate, he'd be dead by the time he was 50."    

Demerol, a highly addictive opioid, is known to cause respiratory depression which can lead to cardiac arrest.

In an interview with The Times of London, Jackson's nanny for a decade, Grace Rwaramba, said she had to pump the singer's stomach many times because he had taken too many pills and that he took up a combination of several different painkillers.

Until toxicology reports are completed, the preliminary cause of death is cardiac arrest.  Dr. Bruce Goldberger, chief of forensic pathology at the University of Florida tells ABC News,  "Any time you have a 50-year-old man pass away in generally good hearth who's recently had a physical exam, the first thing you think about are drugs.”

An overdose of opioids can be reversed with an immediate injection of the antidote Nalozone as well as CPR.  

Family Wants Questions Answered

The family of Michael Jackson has some questions of their own for the cardiologist and personal physician of Jackson who was with him at the time of his death. Speaking for the Jackson family, Rev. Jesse Jackson says the family is suspicious of Dr. Conrad Robert Murray. 

The doctor reportedly left the scene and failed to sign a death certificate or answer any questions the family had about Michael’s final moments. 

“When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did he inject him? If so, with what?" said Rev. Jackson. "Was he on the scene twice? Before and then reaction to? Did he use the Demerol? It's a very powerful drug. Was he injected once? Was he injected twice?"

Dr. Murray spoke with the Los Angeles police department this past weekend.  He is currently considered a witness to the death, not a suspect. 

The lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray says his client did not inject Demerol before Jackson died.  Dr. Murray was with Jackson and did CPR on the singer for about 25 minutes, his lawyer, Edward Chernoff said to ABC News.

Investigators believe Jackson received a Demerol injection about an hour before the 911 call. 

Chernoff says Dr. Murray found Jackson unconscious in his bed. He wasn’t breathing but was warm and had a pulse. 

"Dr. Murray has never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson," Chernoff said. "Not ever. Not that day. ... Not Oxycontin (either) for that matter."

Both rock icon Elvis Presley and movie star Heath Ledger died of combination drug overdoses, the former in 1977 and the latter in 2008.  In 2007, Anna Nicole Smith died of a prescription drug overdose.  

The family lawyer, Brian Oxman says that Jackson was surrounded with “enablers” including doctors from South Florida and a New York City anesthesiologist, who gave drugs to Jackson

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there were 8,500 deaths involving prescription pain drugs in 2005. That is an increase of 114 percent since 2001.   #


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