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DEA Asked to Join Michael Jackson Investigation

By July 2, 2009

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The investigation into the death of pop star Michael Jackson intensified this week when the Los Angeles Police requested help from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The request is another indication that investigators are concentrating on Jackson's doctors and medications as possibly contributing to his death.

The request came after a former nutritional counselor said Jackson repeatedly asked her for the drug Diprivan in order to sleep.

Almost immediately after Michael Jackson was found unresponsive at his rented Los Angeles home and pronounced dead at the L.A. Medical Center, the investigation into his death turned to his medications and the healthcare that he was receiving.

Addicted to Pain Killers?

The Los Angeles Police Department impounded a vehicle driven by Jackson's live-in doctor, Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, because they thought there could be medications in the car relevant to their investigation.

Jackson's family members told reporters that Dr. Murray administered the painkiller Demerol to Jackson shortly before he died, but Murray's attorney denied that he had ever given Jackson any Demerol or Oxycontin, the drug to which Jackson was allegedly addicted, according to court records.

ABC News reported that a senior law enforcement official close to the initial investigation said Jackson was "highly addicted" to the painkiller Oxycontin and took daily dosages of it.

Jackson Begged for Propofol to Sleep

Later, Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse who provided nutritional counseling to Jackson and his children, told The Associated Press that Jackson suffered from chronic insomnia and had recently begged her to administer the powerful sedative diprivan (Propofol) to help him sleep.

Although she repeatedly refused to give him propofol, she said Jackson insisted that "his doctor" said it was safe to use. Although propofol can be abused, the drug is typically used by doctors to relax patients so a breathing tube can be inserted for surgery or to help them tolerate being on the ventilator while in intensive care.

The drug is always administered in a hospital setting so that the patient can be closely monitored with a heart monitor and usually while on a ventilator. Propofol is never administered in a home setting without monitoring devices to assist with sleeping problems.

DEA Asked to Join Investigation

This week, the investigation into the medications Jackson may have been taking intensified when the DEA's diversion division was asked to join the LAPD probe. The division has regulatory authority over prescription drugs.

"We routinely offer assistance to any agency regarding the Federal Controlled Substance act, however at this time we have nothing further to comment about the death of Michael Jackson," the DEA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Coroner's Office is awaiting on the results of toxicology tests before determining the actual cause of Jackson's death. The tests should reveal what drugs were in his system at the time of death.

Experts say that most deaths due to drug overdose are not due to taking too much of one particular drug, but caused by a combination of drugs taken together, such as taking sedatives along with pain medications.

See Also:
Federal Agents to Join Probe Into Jackson's Death
Insomniac Jackson Begged for Drug
$25 Charge To Attend Michael Jackson Memorial

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July 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(1) TeresaE says:

Why are we the taxpayer, having to pick up the tab to investigate what a privileged, rich individual did to himself?

We HAVE to quit asking the government to protect idiots from themselves and start demanding personal accountability.

Mr. Jackson was wealthy beyond compare and if he was stupid enough to kill himself via medications, it is NO ONES fault but his own.

Who cares and why bother?

July 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm
(2) JerryR says:

Well said TeresaE. This is just another example of how intrusive our government has become and how unnecessary it is. Michael is dead, it’s a little too late to cry about HIS “drug problem”. The responsibility for addressing his bad lifestyle choices were his and his loved ones. For whatever reason they chose not to do it. It’s none of our business, although the media will make sure we know every sordid detail of this poor man’s pathetic passing and headline-seeking law enforcement will conduct the usual post-celebrity-death witch hunt when drugs are involved. It’s like watching hyenas go at a days-old carcass. Let the feeding frenzy begin.

July 3, 2009 at 6:51 am
(3) snowisfun says:

The DEA must investigate because if what we’re reading here is true, then the Drs. who prescribed them have committed crimes & must go to jail. If a Dr. is prescibing drugs to some1 that they know are addicted to the medicines & don’t need them, then the Drs. are committing a crime & must be treated as criminals, because Drs. giving prescriptions to people they know they don’t need them is no different than a drug dealer selling drugs to a junky.

July 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm
(4) TeresaE says:

“the DEA MUST investigate…”

That is the problem.

Why “must” they?

Darwinism works if we let it. I’m sick of protecting idiots from themselves.

Food is addicting, yet even though I battle with my weight, I manage to not eat myself to blob status.

I don’t NEED nor WANT my government to step in and investigate McDonalds because I CHOOSE TO BE AN IDIOT.

Quit asking the government to parent us, then crying about the fact our freedoms are gone.

July 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm
(5) snowisfun says:

Teresa, a Dr. is held to a higher standard.
It’s not the same thing as a fat person eating fatty foods, because the fat person knows that the food is bad for them & restaurants are in the business to sell food, not help people lose weight. However, a Dr.’s job is to help patients solve their problems, not collaborate with it. If some1 is addicted to prescription drugs, the Dr. must not collaborate by selling them more useless prescription drugs. The Dr. must do what they can to help that person quit being a junky. Again, Drs. are held to a higher standard because they’re job is to cure or treat addictions, not collaborate with it.

July 8, 2009 at 9:40 am
(6) Cynthia says:

AMEN snowisfun, you are so correct. Doctor’s proimse to do what is best, never to take a life and never get someone hooked on drugs.

Usually with prescription drugs one is hook before they know it. By this time all they know is that have to have it. They may want to kick it but they can’t.

If a murder has been comment it must be looked into. Who knows since Micheal is so well know it might help another who is going through the same thing kick the habit before it is to late. For me well it would be worth it if all they find helps another in the same place as he was.

July 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(7) Stacy Perry says:

I guess I’m a little bit confused, because M.J. during his famous musical career was loved and made fun of at the same time. He was hated by some and adored by others! every where and any time he did a Jack-o the media was all over it. Whether it was his face configuration, or the alledged child molesting, or the way he dangled his own baby over a rod iron balcony, or how about his denial of who he was? O.K. so now he’s dead. People die. How come M.J. gets so much attention? The junkie on the street doesn’t receive that much attention. In fact when a non famous junkie dies, no one knows and if we do find out about it NO ONE CARES! So why the hype over M.J.? Is it because he can sing and dance? What- is it because he’s been in the public eye since the 70′s? So have other actors and musicians. And what about all of M.J.’s money ? is it going to be given to charity? Or will his sister Janet get another tummy tuck and boob job? Will M.J.’s children get it? who knows – but is it REALLY any of our buisness? WHY? He’s a ‘man’ a ‘human’…. nothing more (some would disagree I’m sure)
He’s DEAD – GONE – BYE !!

July 9, 2009 at 12:00 am
(8) niftyrosa1 says:


July 9, 2009 at 12:15 am
(9) niftyrosa1 says:

THIS POST IS FOR THE IGNORANT. Michael Jackson is being remembered for the inspirational songs he wrote, co-wrote and those he didnt write but made famous…as the song MAN IN THE MIRROR. He is in the guiness book of world records for the most money given to CHARITY!!!! For those that still beleive that he molested children…I find it hard to believe that a parent would accept a settlement, rather than fight for a conviction…so that, you know, they wouldn’t do it to another child? Think about it!!!

July 11, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(10) cjo says:

I agree with what stacy perry had to say. and as far as blaming the doctors, he knew the pills he was taking.he was a drug addict and a person, no more or no less than anyone else. I would like to ask parents if they would send their kids to spend the night with a grown man and it’s okay for them to sleep with him. We have parents killing their children so why would it be so hard to believe someone would take money from some man if he offered money for them not pressing charges for molestation? And we know he had the money to pay some parents off. There’s other people that have died such as Barry White that was just as good as micheal jackson if not better. Why is all the concern now about his drug problem now that he is dead, you cant say his family didnt know about it. Is this a way of getting money from the doctors in a law suit? think about it.

July 12, 2009 at 10:22 am
(11) snowisfun says:

CJO, again the Dr. is held to a higher standard of care. If some1 is an addict or a junky, the Dr. most not sell the drugs, because Drs. are there to help people with their problems & addictions, not continue the problems. A Dr. is there to heal people, not to see that the person’s problems continue.

What a Dr. must tell a man or woman addicted to presciption drugs is “no, I won’t give you any.” This will be reduntant, but yes, the addict junky has his or her problems, however the medical profession must not participate in continuing the problem.

July 20, 2009 at 5:09 am
(12) LeeAnn Van Der Byl says:

I wana agree with Niftyrosa, and in addition to that input, say that, there is a difference in celebs givin money to charity and when it coems from someone because they hurt at what they see, and that they never came from from rich background, or inherited money, or have a degree in something, but a raw GOD given talent that he(Micheal)polished to the perfection that we came to enjoy, and from that 39 charities, world breakin record, he gave and continued to give.And this has nothing to do woth his eccentricities, God knows we all have our things we do, and the more money you have the more you are able to endulge yourself. But that never takes away from the person this world had. And finally to answer ‘why all the hype’Because i honestly believe, as I have made up my mind a long time ago, that this world MISJUDGED MICHEAL, and there are so many apologies coming from those who misjudged him, because the truth is coming out now, whether he ever really molested anyone.The planters(Jordy and his ilk) of that seed achieved their objective, they destroyed his(Micheals)career, but truth comes out.Its amazing how easy it was for the media to feed minds like yourselves, and you drew a conclusion before Micheal could even tell his story, yet its difficult for people like yourselves to believe that Jordy Chandler has confessed to the biggest plot of all time.And that may have a lot to do with why people are already apologising to dead Micheal for their misjudgement, because Micheal took it worse than the media said, and he handed his pain and disappointment to a drug to assist him.
When a person cannot do what we take for granted”sleep at night” one should wonder, because murderers and peadophiles sleep well at night, it what they do, why would they loose sleep at night.A crazy person doesnt know they crazy!But when you really get accused of the thing that goes against the core of your being, it can make you seek medical assistance that you become addicted to.I BELIEVE MICHEAL HAD A STRONG HEART, AND WAS STRONGER THAN HE THOUGHT, SURVIVING 50YRS OF BEING MICHEAL JACKSON,AND REFUSING TO HAVE HIS MISSION ON EARTH DISTURBED BY THE STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS OF THIS LOST MEDIA CRAZY SOCIETY, IS COMMENDABLE, HE DID WELL!!! And yes, i dont see nothing wrong with letting kids sleep in my bed, when all they want is to be with someone they love to be around.Im female and a mom of 38yrs, and have 2 sons who are part of a dance crew and there is nothing wrong and will never be anything wrong with how welay next to each other when we watch tv, together with my sons and husband. These boys dont even have parents and live in my hse, and i give then the love they dont get, and there is no sexual anything involved there, but even if the worlds frowns, who cares, like Micheal, we choose to live in our world where there arent any sick adults and everthing there is the way GOD would have it be, and still without sexual connotation.AMERICA IS MEDIA CRAZY, AND FOR THOSE FEW WHO THOUGHT FOR THEMSELVES, they came to realise like i did long ago , that MJ was a manchild, who refused to grow up cos he loves that world he created and only with a childs heart can relate.unfortunately when adults enter so does contamination. YES THIS WORLD MISJUDGED HIM SO BADLY, AND HE SURVIVED YOU AND STILL GAVE AND STILL LET BOYS COME TO HIM, COS HE HAD DONE NOTHING TO BEGIN WITH.

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