Doctor: Jackson was not abusing pain meds before death (2013 July 3)

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Doctor: Jackson was not abusing pain meds before death (2013 July 3)

Post by whisper » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:34 pm

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 6:22 PM

Michael Jackson apparently was clean and not abusing pain medication in the years leading up to his comeback tour deal with concert promoter AEG Live, a Connecticut doctor testified Wednesday.

Dr. Sidney Schnoll based his opinion on medical records stating the King of Pop only needed 100 milligrams of the narcotic pain medication Demerol to knock him out for a dermatology procedure in late 2008.

Schnoll said Jackson would have built up too much tolerance for that dose to work if he frequently abused opioids during the era of his 2005 molestation trial and subsequent travels abroad.

“He would have to take a much higher dose of Demerol to get the (necessary) effect for the surgery," Schnoll told jurors.


Katherine Jackson, 83, is suing AEG Live for wrongful death, claiming the concert promoter negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray as tour physician and set the stage for her son’s fatal 2009 overdose on the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol.

AEG vehemently denies any wrongdoing, saying Jackson personally hired Murray and begged for secret, bedroom-based infusions of the intravenous drug he called “milk.”

During his testimony, Schnoll said he didn’t believe Michael was an addict who craved and used drugs recreationally. Rather he was a patient who developed an opioid dependence because of legitimate pain related to his burned scalp.

He said plenty of celebrities have suffered opioid dependence, including President John F. Kennedy, who had debilitating back pain.

Schnoll said Jackson even got a Narcan implant in his abdomen in 2003 that steadily released Naltrexone, a drug that blocks the euphoric effects of opioids.

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Re: Doctor: Jackson was not abusing pain meds before death (2013 July 3)

Post by Dialdancer » Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:58 pm

Adding below blog to this article topic because it gives a layperson explanation of why Michael may have worn his hat even to bed and it demonstrates what type of constant nerve pain he probably experienced for decades.

"The pain from neuroma is described as “a severe sudden jolt of electricity”. And it NEVER STOPS.  (See visual demonstration at:) ... l-jackson/

The more I learn about what this Man had to deal with and the ways he tried to deal with his problems the more I respect him. 

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Re: Doctor: Jackson was not abusing pain meds before death (2013 July 3)

Post by Jingles » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:07 pm

Thank you for the information. Poor Michael.
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