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What The Death Of Michael Jackson Said About Us All

What The Death Of Michael Jackson Said About Us All Michael Jackson: Where did it all

Michael Jackson: Where did it all go wrong?

All the eulogies praising Michael Jackson as the greatest enterainer ever (he wasn’t but he was the most hyped) the greatest dancer (Nuryev, Baroishnikov, Nijinsky?) and the greatest pop singer (Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger?) are meaningless and all the accolades merely a subjective opinion. But the manner of his death and what emerged in the trial of his doctor makes a very significant comment on the society and the celebriy culture that created him.

This is an article first written in 2010 which I am reviving at this point because of concerns among health professionals about the year on year increase in people dying as a resuilt of their addiction to prescription drugs.

Michael Jackson’s last words, we learned as Conrad Murray, his doctor was convicted of “Involuntary Manslaughter” and details of the trial emerged this week, were: “Please, please, let me have some milk.” That does not sound creepy in any

way until you know that the emotionally crippled

man-child spoke in a kind of code,

making everything that was deranged and sleazy in his life sound as if it was childish and innocent. Michael Jackson’s “milk” was propofol, a powerful anaesthetic that happens to be white in colour when in liquid form. It would be too easy to write this off as just another instance of a megastar falling under the influence of a quack with a prescription pad for hire as did Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and many others. Too easy because it would tempt us to overlook a dangerous trends in western societies. What happened to 'Whacko Jacko' is happening on a lesser scale to millions of people who treat doctors as suppliers of their own personal “milk”.

Ordinary people who have to hold down jobs to earn their living, who cannot live in a delusional state within the bubble of fantasy constantly reinflated by fawning sycophants. In some cases it is not enough to just turn up at the surgery and demand medication that will render the user insensate to the “heartache and the thousand shocks” of daily life, some inconsiderate, unethical doctors still insist on examining patients. But figures released by the UK National health service show that in our nation of 60 million, 11 million prescriptions for benzodiazepine tranquillisers such as Valium are written every year. More significantly, prescriptions for antidepressants, mainly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Prozac) have doubled over the past decade, to 40 million.

(Prozac) have doubled over the past decade, to 40 million. Prescription addiction Antidepressants have a better

Prescription addiction

Antidepressants have a better image than tranquillisers. They are thought of as “good” drugs that can lift the inner darkness of depressed people. The reality is more complicated. Some antidepressants don’t just make patients feel “better than well”, as Prozac was supposed to:

they make them feel hyperactive and unnaturally aware. Such a state can easily tip into paranoia.

Meanwhile, increasing use and ease of availability of opiate painkillers is introducing people to the floaty feeling of calm

associated with the Lotos Eaters. Some opiates are even available over the counter. You can walk into any British pharmacy and buy pills that, taken on an empty stomach, will chill you out – and put you on a path to heroin-like dependence. Meanwhile on the internet, more heavy duty opiates are available to anyone who knows the slang terms to use in search criteria.

anyone who knows the slang terms to use in search criteria. Prescription drugs 'on the House'

Prescription drugs 'on the House'

These drugs of the codeine genre are not available in a US pharmacy, it’s swings and roundabout – there are drugs that can be bought in the USA that are not available in Britain. If the codeine drugs were on sale in America demand would likely overwhelm the suppliers. Vicodin – the mega-strong painkiller swallowed like jelly beans by Hugh Laurie’s character in House, is the most prescribed drug in the US:

130 million scripts were handed out in 2010, plus 114 million for other narcotic analgesics. That’s an awful lot of “pain”.

Have we really come to such a state that in this wonderful world in which we enjoy the manifold benefits of 'science', technology and enlightened 'liberal' values on top of material standards not even imagined by people of even two generations ago, so many of us cannot get through the day without “a little help”?

It has been remarked on in television dramas and documentaries that Americans go “doctor shopping” for general practitioners who don’t ask too many questions. Some are seeking painkillers; others, the even more desirable amphetamine drugs

handed out for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In theory, if you’ve got ADHD, the medicine will just correct it. But “attention deficit” is a slippery concept, and if you don’t suffer from it but simply have a short attention span or get bored easily then you’ll be able to concentrate and get high on the medication – as college students all over America are discovering. And when coming down some of the symptoms of ADHD will manifest themselves which will help obtain repeat prescriptions.

The drug culture is so embedded now that few people seem to be asking how Michael Jackson, an extraordinarily wealthy man with millions of adoring fans was able to withdraw into a lonely, dysfunctional existence of drug dependency and delusions. Nobody seems to be asking why a man of 50, a health fanatic by all accounts, could die crippled with arthritis, almost blind, with his voice gone according to some people close to him while others say it was not his voice but his brain and other internal organs that were failing and yet in this state he was being encouraged to believe he could head an exhausting season of gigs in London that would be too much for a young and fit performer. Could nobody see he needed help?

Unfortunately in the case of Jacko, those close to him seemed oblivious to his pain, to the fact that his life was not “normal” but deeply damaging to every aspect of his being. It is in fact they who having milked dry the cash cow that was their “milk” loving brother, led the witch hunt against Dr. Murray, demanding a scapegoat who could be blamed for Michael’s self inflicted death, the better to exploit the dead man’s memory.

a scapegoat who could be blamed for Michael’s self inflicted death, the better to exploit the

Michael Jackson took his prescription drug habit to grotesque lengths and eventually his dream became a nightmare, but his encyclopedic knowledge of pills was typical of so many Hollywood celebs. and rock stars That obsession is shared by countless Americans, Canadian, Europeans and Japanese for whom pharmacies are basically candy stores for troubled adults. It does not stop there either. Organised crime is having a field day, as the explosion in dodgy online pharmacies demonstrates.

In short, the old dividing line between therapeutic and recreational drugs is becoming increasingly blurred. How are we to navigate through the new pharmaceutical playground? That’s a tricky question; we need to put in a lot of mental effort if we’re going to answer it. Perhaps a friendly doctor could be persuaded to prescribe something to help us focus.

Something is very deeply wrong in our culture and society.

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