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Michael Jackson's Death Raises New Concerns About Prescription Drugs Once Again

While it hasn't been yet established whether prescription drug use contributed to the death of Michael Jackson, nonetheless, his death once again raises new questions about the safety of some prescription drugs. It was a known fact that Michael Jackson used prescription painkilling drugs to the extent that the family lawyer for the Jackson family had expressed real concerns. Further, Deepak Chopra, who also has a medical license, claims that he was aware of Jackson abusing prescription painkiller drugs since 2005.

It will take some time for autopsy reports to affirm the medical reasons for Jackson's death. However, once again the dangers of heavy use of prescription drugs are brought under the spotlight. The fact of the matter is that prescription drugs often come with significant side effects and some drugs can become habit forming. And even if users of drugs such as the powerful painkiller, Oxycontin, feel that they need the drug, the potential addiction is very high for this drug.

The fact of the matter is that probably most people who claim to live in pain could probably learn to live without most if not all prescription drugs. Michael Jackson claimed that he needed prescription pain killers because of claimed constant pain, including an old broken bone injury. In 1993, a concert tour was reportedly cut short, partially due to Jackson's prescription painkiller use according to some news sources. prescription drugs.bmp

Another fact of the matter is that with so many side effects and the potential for addiction with prescription painkillers, I've learned years ago to manage my own chronic pain without the use of any medications at all, including aspirin. In 2008, I had a very serious motorbike accident when I got caught in some sudden hail far from my home in North Portland, and skidded out of control and flipped the bike when braking on a downhill slope. I got thrown and rolled about 20-25 feet, and the bike hit me in the side at least once, causing some injuries as well. But I refused any painkillers from the hospital. Over the months the worst injury to one leg gradually improved. I got through these injuries without even using aspirin. I also have suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years, where I have injuries, damage and pain in every joint in my body. But through a careful diet, not drugs, I control this condition. The fact of the matter is I believe that most persons who claim to have chronic pain can probably learn to live without drugs to cope with the condition.

Prescription drugs have such serious side effect potential that in many cases persons are risking their lives and safety when they take high doses. Some painkillers can poison the liver. Other painkillers can have a high addiction potential.

If anything, the death of Michael Jackson should serve as another warning that dependence on prescription drugs might have such serious potential dangers that more persons should consider the health benefits of living completely drug free. My best guess is that persons can live longer, live more healthy by improving their diet to promote better health and learning to live prescription drug free.


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Comments (12)

Mac Lorry:

Michael Jackson; who? A far more relevant person died today; Billy Mays. Possibly from a head injury he suffered the night before when the airliner he was on blew a tire on landing.

Paul Hooson:

Hello Mac. I finally did a post on Mays today. At first I was going to make it into a satire or comedy post, with plenty of jokes about CNN possiby suspending normal coverage for nonstop emergency coverage of the Mays death, or I wonder what reaction the Sham Wow guy will have, etc. But the more I read about Mays, the more I respect him. He was a decent man I'll miss.

But in another way of looking at things, in sports a team is only as good as their last game. And in news, the news is only as good as it's last celebrity death or major news item I suppose.

Doubting Thomas:

A 24-hour news cycle is a hungry beast, always demanding fresh meat...

krkrjak:

I, and I believe, the general public knew very little about Billy Mays beyond his commercials and his new TV show. He didn't have the celebrity status that ignites a media firestorm such as the MJ frenzy. I personally thought his over volume voice was shrill and irritating, and would either lower the sound or hit the mute button when one of his commercials came on. He had to be a pretty good pitchman though, as I have to admit, I have purchased some of the products he hawked. What very little of his show I tuned into on a couple of occasions, he came across to me as a stand up kind of guy. I too believe he was a good and decent man. He was most likely the kind of individual who was well respected and liked by those who knew him.

J.R.:

Prescription drugs have such serious side effect potential that in many cases persons are risking their lives and safety when they take high doses.

where did you get this from? if you're going to write such things you really need to source it. it seems your approach to pain killers is the same as your approach to republicans. One incident according to you gives you the liberty to cast the entire lot as you see it. pain killers taken under the care of a unbiased physician using the recommended dosage can be extremely helpful when recovering from a painful accident or surgery. yes addiction is a potential problem, but risking their lives??? give me a break.

Lee Ward:

"pain killers taken under the care of a unbiased physician using the recommended dosage can be extremely helpful when recovering from a painful accident or surgery. yes addiction is a potential problem, but risking their lives??? give me a break."

What Paul wrote: "..in many cases persons are risking their lives and safety when they take high doses."

It's pretty obvious that "high doses" is referring to doses beyond normal therapeutic levels.

J.R.:

It's pretty obvious that "high doses" is referring to doses beyond normal therapeutic levels.

maybe so, that is why i ask for a link. paul routinely embolishes without justification and cannot back up his claims when confronted.

Lee Ward:

You can't intuit that "..in many cases persons are risking their lives and safety when they take high doses" based on your own knowledge and experience? You need a link? Seriously?

Don't tell me - you watch Fox News, right?

J.R.:

it always fox news and racism with you isn't lee? When you can't debate the topic just hijack it. You're pathetic.

Paul Hooson:

J.R., nearly every prescription drug as well as many over the counter drugs feature poison control information or other serious warning if they are taken in doses larger than recommended. One of my best rooms is a surgeon and two of my neighbors are medical doctors, and they would both tell you the same thing that many medications, including over the counter ones could be potentially dangerous in doses larger than recommended.

Even excessive water drinking can cause death. A radio station featured a water drinking contest to win a car a while ago, and one woman drank so much water that she later died, because this station was unaware that too great of amounts of water can cause serious medical problems or even death. In Michael Jackson's case, some evidence suggests that he might have had too few fluids in his body as he was 5 foot 10 and might have only weighed around 125 pounds. If this is true, he was in no sort of health to go a concert tour and really belonged in a hospital. Further, he would be too weak to tolerate heavy doses of many prescription drugs in such a weakened condition. He deserved better medical attention than he appeared to be getting.

J.R.:

Paul, then why not author this post to reflect on the poor medical care Jackson may have been receiving. Instead, you go off on the evils of precription pain medication. And just listing your medical doctor friends and acquaintances doesn't lend credence to your opinions, I can easily furnish a more substantial list. Bottom line, your headline is completely misleading and unfounded.

Was Michael Jackson's pain the sort of angst that leads some people to escape to from the world by abusing prescription medicines or street drugs? Once cannot speculate, but the thought has crossed my mind.


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