Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson 'Probably' Addicted To Demerol

Michael Jackson was "probably" addicted to Demerol supplied to him by his dermatologist, a defence witness claimed today (27.10.11) in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Dr. Robert Waldman - a specialist in addiction medicine - claimed medical records kept by Beverly Hills skin expert Arnold Klein reveal he injected the singer with doses of the painkiller during visits made by Jackson to his offices for Botox treatment.

Testifying as an expert for Murray's defence team, Waldman said: "I believe there's evidence he was dependent on Demerol."

When a defence lawyer enquired: "What about addicted?"

Waldman replied: "Possibly ... on what's known about his public behaviour, he was probably addicted to opioids."

Klein's medical records reveal Jackson had on occasion received as much as 375 milligrams of Demerol over the course of 90 minutes, but according to Waldman a typical dose should be 50 milligrams and the higher measurement would have left the 'Billie Jean' singer "sleepy, lethargic, possibly difficult to arouse, possibly unresponsive".

Waldman also claimed the treatments - Botox and wrinkle filler Restylane - Klein was providing the music legend would not need a painkiller the strength of Demerol, although he admitted he was not an expert in the field of dermatology.

Murray's defence team are presenting a case that Jackson became hooked on Demerol a few months before his death on June 29, 2009, and suffered from chronic insomnia as a result of drug withdrawal.

It was his insomnia the defence claim that led Jackson to inject himself with a fatal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol to get to sleep on the night of his passing.

During the prosecution's cross-examination of Waldman, it was claimed the expert's conclusions were irrelevant to the involuntary manslaughter case being presented.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said: "You understand there is no Demerol in the toxicology findings (from Jackson's autopsy)."

To which Waldman replied: "Correct."

The defence team had wanted to call Klein - a long-time friend and physician to Jackson - to the witness stand but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor barred them from questioning the dermatologist on objection from the prosecution.

Judge Pastor would only allow 36 pages of his medical records to be presented to the jury.

The prosecution's case is that Murray - who was being paid $150,000-a-month to treat Jackson as he rehearsed for 'This Is It' London concert residency - administered a high dose of Propofol to Jackson and then left him alone.

Murray - who denies involuntary manslaughter - faces up to four years in prison if he is found guilty.


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zen2580

this has nothing to do with conrad killing Michael Jackson!!! facing up to 4 little years for being the hired killer of the most wonderful famous entertainer in history!! and left us mourning the rest of our lives!! conrad murray should charged with first degree murder at least!!! Michael would be here if it wasnt for the conrad murray killing him for money!!!! who is behind conrad we all want to know !!! it has been proved conrad murray is a " KILLER AND LIAR!! we want justice and proof and truth this time!! what do the co-workers and hospitals have to say about him..not just some desparate old poor people !! need more than that to know about this killer!! he should have called 911 if he wasnt killing MJ..but he waited till he was dead first!!!!!!
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he didnt die from dermorol!!!! this is irrevelant information. with no personal knowledge puked out by someone about another who can not nor even should have to exculpate himself. more red herrings,big lies, and bait and switch tactic* made in attempt to besmerch mj. murray was the dr, he knew better, took an oath to do no harm, sleezed himself into mj's life, and participated in the untimely passing of a much loved mj..if the dermotologisit was injecting him, it was the dermotologists responsibility to ensure the well being of his patient,,as was dr death responsible for permitting narcotics illegally across state lines administering same to a patiend he had takien an oath to do no harm,the meds would not have been there if f,,,,head dr death didnt order them. not only that he lied to the pharmacy about the destination of the meds to his "LA" clinic that did not exist, murray knew dang well what he was doing was a crime, if he didnt, why did he have to employ subterfuge to obtain them. he is guilty of a felony murder
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i don't believe it at all
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Even if Michael was addicted to Demerol - and I'm not saying he was - how does that prove he injected himself with a fatal dose of propofol?? He was fully aware he had serious sleep issues. That's why he had Murray there. The reason for his insomnia has nothing to do with Murray's greedy, irresponsible actions that led to Michael's death. All the defense is doing is painting Michael as an addict to make him look bad in the eyes of the jury and hopefully take the heat off Murray. I hope the jury is smarter than that.
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