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Published:July 14th, 2009 10:15 EST
Michael Jackson: King of Pills

Michael Jackson: King of Pills

By Janera Fedrick

Since the death of Michael Jackson, on June 25,2009, there has been a lot of talk about his addiction to prescription drugs. Anderson Cooper 360, Larry King Live, and many other news shows have been running numerous stories with this same theme.

According to an article on CNN`s website entitled " Portrait of Jackson`s pill consumption emerges", there is speculation that prescriptions drugs and sedatives could have been a factor in his death. But the authorities won`t know for sure until a toxicology report has been released by the coroner`s office. The article also gives details of Jackson`s drug abuse.

Jackson took more than 10 Xanax pills and asked his employees to obtain prescriptions under their names. Xanax is a drug used to treat panic disorder. He also took Diprivan, a powerful sedative, to help him sleep. The drug is administered via an IV.

Jackson had a medical staff that included a nutritionist, dermatologist, cardiologist, and anesthesiologist. If all of these people knew that he was abusing prescription drugs and sedatives, then why wasn`t there an intervention? If his employees knew of the addiction, then why didn`t they try to get him help? Why did they keep enabling him?

Joe Jackson might be right to suspect "foul play" in the death of his son. Unfortunately, we`ll have to wait like the rest of the public for the answers to these and other questions relating to Jackson`s death.