Michael Jackson’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, the company that managed the singer’s tours. MJ’s family believes that AEG Live knew about Michael’s drug addiction, but did not do anything to about it, and actually instead enabled the use of painkillers because of the traveling staff hired to care for Michael.
The allegations are stemming all the way back to the 1993 “Dangerous” tour that was actually cut short when Michael agreed to go to rehab. His friend, Elizabeth Taylor, reportedly staged an intervention that took Michael away from performing and to a treatment facility in Europe.
What was Michael Jackson Taking?
Although his death was attributed to a fatal dose of propofol, Michael mainly used opiates. Propofol was being used to treat his insomnia so that he could rest for the months leading up to the “This Is It” tour, but was not part of the case against AEG Live.
Instead, it seems Michael was being injected with various opiates plus using patches that release an opiate much like a nicotine patch for smoking cessation. Opiates are the drug class that include heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone. If some of these do not sound familiar, maybe the pharmaceutically manufactured prescription drug names will: Demerol, Dilaudid, OxyContin, Opana, Vicodin, Percocet, and Norco.
Michael Jackson was using opiates for years, and the court case is bringing up information that shows he may have been addicted to various opiates throughout the last twenty years of his life. Although Michael’s drug use is not news, it is alarming that there were signs of a problem and the team of people, who was supposed to protect the singer, did not do anything to help.
The Widespread Abuse of Prescription Drugs
The King of Pop’s story is sadly not rare. There are millions of people suffering from drug addiction, especially to opiates. The class of drugs is highly addictive and takes a hold of life when use progresses to abuse and addiction, which happens rapidly. Vicodin is the most widely abused prescription drug, meaning people are taking it without a doctor’s prescription and without a medical need for its effects.
Pain from the past, unresolved grief, low self-esteem, and many other emotional hardships can be the reason for initial drug use. Opiates are painkillers, so all pain seems to be gone when using, but immediately when use stops, all pain comes right back and feels too intense to handle without assistance.
Michael Jackson’s initial opiate use may have been an effort at self-medicating the pain from his childhood, and the difficulty of growing up in the public eye. As is being revealed from his family’s lawsuit, other people in his life did not help him deal with his pain in other ways, so the drug use progressed to the point of addiction. Nothing will be changed by what is decided in this court case; it appears that Michael Jackson is another one of the millions of opiate addicts who does not receive proper treatment for his disease. When one stint in rehab did not work, it seems the doctors that were in charge of his well being either overlooked all the drug abuse, or went along with and actually administered substances to Michael, maybe for a high paycheck?
If you know someone who is showing signs of drug use, don’t let his or her life go the way Michael Jackson’s did. Contact the treatment team at Balboa Horizons to find out what your options are in an effort to help your loved one. Noticeable changes in behavior are a great reason to call; healing is possible for all addicts.
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