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PostSubject: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction -   Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:23 pm

Michael Jackson's Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction


Michael Jackson’s friend and dermatologist Dr Arnie Klein has admitted once giving the star a strong sedative and claimed the pop star had been addicted to drugs.
Speaking to Larry King on his CNN chat show, Klein said Jackson was once a drug addict but he came to Britain to dry out.
“Michael at one time had an addiction,” he said. “He went to England and he with-drew that addiction in a secure setting.”
He also said the Thriller star had a “huge tolerance level” when it came to drugs – typical of an addict.
King asked him if he knew whether Michael was taking Diprivan – the anaesthetic believed to have been found in his house by investigators after his death two weeks ago.
Klein said he was aware Michael used it when he was on tour in Germany to help him sleep and that an anaesthetist was administering it to him. “I told him that he was absolutely insane,” Klein commented. “You can’t repeatedly take it, because what happens with narcotics, no matter what you do, you build a tolerance to them.” Despite being shocked that the drug was reportedly found in Jackson’s home, Klein said he wasn’t surprised as abuse of the medication was “not unheard of”.
The doctor, who has written a book on heroin addicts, also admitted “occasionally” giving Jackson the powerful painkiller Demerol to sedate him, but said it was after he was burnt whilst filming the Pepsi advert and suffered serious hair loss after contracting Lupus.
The inflammatory disease causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues and organs, including the skin, heart and lungs and Klein claims 50-year-old Michael was a sufferer.
Reference: Daily Mirror July 09, 2009

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I believe we all knew Michael Jackson had an addiction but I worked in Emory University's Hospital Pharmacy and Diprivan is not a medication given for sleep. I was shocked to discover He had been given Diprivan because it is not a medication dispensed by prescription.
How many of you are even familiar with Diprivan? It is a medication given usually in OR to put a person to sleep before surgery. It is given by intravenous drip and as they have told you, oxygen tanks are usually present in case your oxygen level drops too low. My question to all of you, "Do you feel like the physician who provided the drug to Michael Jackson should be prosecuted?"
I am asking because it is not a medication like Demerol, Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet or Methadone...it is not dispensed from a pharmacy but must be obtained from a Hospital. We did keep it in stock at Emory but we had to account for each vial given and many times I had to deliver it to the anestheologist in OR. It is not a medication which should have ever been given to Michael Jackson...
How about some feedback on the subject? I know some of you had to be lovers of Michael Jackson's music and must have some feelings on the subject. Michael Jackson did have the disease of addiction in common with us and I feel like we do need to recognize all the suffering He went through because it was obvious with all the money He had ...He was miserable. If we had the amount of money He had who knows ..we could have met the same fate if we were able to obtain any medication we wanted. Personally, I am glad I was unable to obtain any medication I chose who knows ...I probably would not be here today.
Thank You. R.I.P. Michael Jackson
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction -   Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:49 pm

Thanks for the information you gave on this medication. My opinion is stars such as Jackson are given far too much because of their position. They don't have to follow the rules and have free reign on whatever they want. I feel sorry for the man because drugs had taken over his life to the point of no return. I thank God for the chance I've been given to live again and not dying a little more each day. The doctors must have seen the shape he was in and turned a blind eye or just didn't care. This is far from being over, but then look at Anna Nicole. You don't hear of anyone being held accountable for her endless supply of illegal drugs. She's just gone and forgotten from the public.

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PostSubject: Re: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction -   Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:12 pm

That is exactly what I was thinking Barbara, what about Anna Nicole and her son? They were both abusing methadone and who knows what all else and their deaths caused a ripple for those that are trying to put all the limitations on ppl who take methadone. They were taking other medications along with it and that is when you get into trouble.

I also agree with you about the statement that the famous/rich ppl get away with more because of their fame and/or money and can "push" medical professionals and others around to get what they want, even if it isn't good for them. Look at all the other celebs who did the same thing...Elvis, Anna Nicole, Daniel Smith, MJ the list is endless.

I liked MJ when he first came out, but he had more problems than just addiction going on so my feelings about him are mixed. I feel for the addict part of him, but then there was a side of him that I felt nothing but disgust for. It is a sad situation all the way around.

As for the doc, I do think he should have been held accountable for the Diprovan. How can he even justify giving it to him? And for sleep? Come on, the sleep of the comatose is more like it! This drug is used to put ppl under for surgery and I don't know about any of you, but after surgery I certainly didn't feel refreshed like I had a "good night of sleep".


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PostSubject: Re: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction -   Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:02 am

Are you sure about this info?
Because the coroners report I read never mentioned any methadone in Mj's tox tests.That was just a reported rumor.
It was a combo of diprivan and several anti- anxiety drugs that caused the death.
Methadone and benzos are a deadly combination if abused.
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PostSubject: Re: Michael Jackson’s Doctor Arnie Klein Claims Star Had An Addiction -   Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:02 am

You may be right on that. Here is the coroners report I got from MSN at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32542682/ and it doesn't mention methadone at all.




Drugs on Jackson’s final night
Michael Jackson was given a series of sedatives by Dr. Conrad Murray on June 25, the day the singer died, according to an affidavit released Monday in Houston.


1:30 a.m. — 10 milligram tablet of Valium, a sedative.
2 a.m. — 2 milligrams of the sedative lorazepam (brand name Ativan) given intravenously.
3 a.m. — 2 milligrams of the sedative midazolam (brand name Versed) given intravenously.
5 a.m. — 2 milligrams of lorazepam given intravenously.
7:30 a.m. — 2 milligrams of midazolam given intravenously.
10:40 a.m. — 25 milligrams of propofol (brand name Diprivan) given intravenously and diluted with lidocaine (brand name Xylocaine).
10:50 a.m. — Doctor leaves Jackson’s room; returns minutes later to find Jackson not breathing. Begins CPR and gives 0.2 milligrams of flumazenil (brand name Anexate), used to reverse sedatives.
©️ 2009 msnbc.com

Coroner rules Jackson’s death a homicide
Court document reveals singer had lethal levels of propofol in system
©️ 2009 msnbc.com

msnbc.com news servicesupdated 6:49 p.m. CT, Mon., Aug 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died on June 25.

A designation of homicide means that Jackson died at the hands of another, but does not necessarily mean a crime was committed.

Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson’s death June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.

Dr. Conrad Murray a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson’s personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of a manslaughter investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz confirmed that Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe.

A search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston includes a detailed account of what Murray told investigators.

According to the document, Murray said he’d been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks with 50 milligrams of propofol every night via an intravenous drip. But he said he feared Jackson was forming an addiction to the anesthetic, which is normally used in hospitals only, and was attempting to wean his patient by lowering the dose to 25 milligrams and adding the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.

Singer called propofol his ‘milk’
That combination succeeded in helping Jackson sleep two days prior to his death, so the next day, Murray told detectives he cut off the propofol — and Jackson fell asleep with just the two sedatives.

Then around 1:30 a.m. on June 25, starting with a 10-milligram tab of Valium, Murray said he tried a series of drugs instead of propofol to make Jackson sleep. The injections included two milligrams of lorazepam around 2 a.m., two milligrams of midazolam around 3 a.m., and repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.

But they didn’t work.

Murray told detectives that around 10:40 a.m. he gave in to Jackson’s “repeated demands/requests” for propofol, which the singer referred to as his “milk.” He administered 25 milligrams of the white-colored liquid, — a relatively small dose — and finally, Jackson fell asleep.

Murray remained with the sedated Jackson for about 10 minutes, then left for the bathroom. No more than two minutes later, he returned — and found Jackson had stopped breathing.

“There’s no surprise there” that death could result from such a combination, said Dr. David Zvara, anesthesia chairman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“All those drugs act in synergy with each other,” Zvara said. Adding propofol on top of all the other sedatives “tipped the balance.”

Singer had bed sores
Besides the propofol and two sedatives, the coroner’s toxicology report found other substances in Jackson’s system but they were not believed to have been a factor in the singer’s death, the official told the AP.

When he died, Jackson was skinny but not overly emaciated, and his body had bed sores, the official said. The singer is believed to have developed bed sores in the months following his 2005 acquittal of child molestation charges, when he went into seclusion and spent long stretches in bed.

Murray has spoken to police and last week released a video saying he “told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail.” Murray did not say anything about the drugs he gave to Jackson. Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, had no immediate comment but has previously said Murray never administered anything that “should have” killed Jackson.

A call to the coroner’s office was not returned Monday.

Jackson’s family released a statement Monday, saying it has “full confidence” in the legal process and the efforts of investigators. It concludes: “The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served.”

The 25 milligrams of propofol Murray told police he gave Jackson the day he died “is not a whopping amount,” said Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System. But by combining propofol with a cocktail of the other sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, it “may have been the trigger that pushed him over the edge,” Cantrell said.

Cantrell said it’s perplexing that someone would give various benzodiazepines if one was found not to be effective.

“This is horrible polypharmacy,” he said, referring to the interaction between the various drugs. “No one will treat an insomniac like this.”

The affidavit says Murray told investigators he didn’t order or buy any propofol and had found about eight bottles of it in Jackson’s home along with numerous other medications. But investigators served a search warrant Aug. 11 at a Las Vegas pharmacy and uncovered evidence showing Murray legally purchased from the store the propofol he gave Jackson the day he died.

Murray didn’t tell paramedics or doctors at UCLA hospital where Jackson was rushed June 25 about any drugs he administered other than lorazepam and flumazenil, according to the affidavit. The document says it was only during a subsequent interview with Los Angeles Police detectives that Murray gave a more full accounting of the events leading up to the 911 call.

The coroner’s office has not publicly released its autopsy findings, citing a request from police detectives to withhold results until their investigation is complete.

Homicide, or “death at the hands of another,” is one of several possible findings in a coroner’s death investigation. The designation does not necessarily mean a crime was committed though it is a useful starting point for prosecutors, said Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner in New York City and a forensics expert involved in many high-profile murder cases.

“It is an easier prosecution when the medical examiner calls it a homicide,” said Baden, who is not involved in the Jackson investigation.


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